Hausfrau, written by Jill Alexander Essbaum, is a novel about different kinds of love, marriage, children, betrayal and loss. Anna Benz, an American, lives in Switzerland with her Swiss husband and their children. Even after living there for nine years, she has not fully mastered the language. She has no real friends, her husband is distant and her mother-in-law disapproves of her. She loves her children and tries to be a good wife and mother, but she remains troubled. She has affairs that further complicate her life. The author brings to the reader an intimate view into the mind of a fragile woman. In this precisely crafted novel, the reader follows along as Anna’s life spirals out of control. All the while, we are wondering how this will end. This is a haunting and memorable story.
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