Monday, 25 May 2015

Book Club #16 - Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

You may have noticed Hausfrau on my recent book wish list. As soon as I got my hands on this book, I couldn't wait to dive in. Luckily, I had a nice long train journey planned so I managed to read this on the go. I'm really glad that I was going where the train terminated, as I became so gripped with the story that I am positive I would have missed my stop had it have been somewhere else! 

Hausfrau tells the story of Anna, an American expat living in Switzerland with her Swiss husband and their three children. Anna hasn't learnt the language, doesn't have her own bank account and despite her idilic life, she's falling apart. 

You've probably seen me gushing about this book at every available opportunity, but I really love this book. I completely devoured it. The book flicks between the present time and Anna's visits to her therapist, and I thought this was a great idea. You don't know when each therapist visit is, it might have been that week or a year ago, but it links in so beautifully with Anna's way of living.

Essbaum's characters are all well developed, and although I couldn't really agree with Anna's actions, I understood why she did it. In another sense, I felt like I didn't know much about Anna's husband Bruno but neither does Anna. She doesn't know what his job is exactly, or even speak his native language, despite living in Dietlikon with him for nine years.

I would really recommend Hausfrau to anyone interested in a challenging story like this. I desperately need to talk to someone who's read Hausfrau, so please let me know if you've read it! 

Chelsea xo

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