** Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum


Anna, the confused heroine of Hausfrau is an American woman married to a Swiss man and living in a small town near Zurich where she suffocates in the claustrophobic atmosphere of the town, hemmed in by her dependence on her very helpful but judgmental mother in law, and her own foolish lack of mastery of the language or ownership of a driver’s license. With that, she goes right of the rail and constructs a parallel life of crazy affairs. It cannot end well, and it won’t.

The story has an eerie feel to it, as the author painstakingly but matter of factly describes Anna’s actions and thought. I must admit that every once in a while I wanted to reach into the pages and shake her  back into sanity and reality.

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