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April 2, 2012

The Shaking Woman, or a History of My Nerves, by Siri Hustvedt
by Jason Tougaw

Siri Hustvedt’s The Shaking Woman, or a History of My Nerves, is a genre-bending memoir that calls itself an essay and manages somehow to read like a mystery novel.

The mystery plot is driven by Hustvedt’s search for the roots of her body’s startling behavior: the sudden onset of a condition that caused her to convulse when she spoke in public (which she did often).

The first incident occurred at a memorial service for her father:

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