Author: Jill Alexander Essbaum
Publication Date: March 17, 2015
My Rating: 7/10
Overview: Anna Benz lives in Zürich with her husband, Bruno, and their three children. While Anna has the seemingly perfect life, she is a prisoner of her own mind and a victim of her desires. She longs for the touch of another man, any other man than Bruno. She misses the United States, but knows America is no longer her home. However, Switzerland doesn't feel like home either.
It is eloquently written and I couldn't get enough of the questions posed to Anna about life, love and loss.
"What's the difference between love and lost?"
"You tell me," Doktor Messerli said to Anna.
"Lust's incurable. Love isn't."
"Desire isn't a disease, Anna."
There are so many other phenomenal quotes I highlighted on my Kindle app. Another one of my favorites is this...
"Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell."
The chapters are short and easy to read. They often begin or end with an excerpt from a session with Anna and her psychiatrist. The chapters also include a flashback from a previous tryst or particularly hard time in Anna's life along with the her present day.
Anna had a knack for finding herself in exciting, yet, awkward situations and some chapters left me gasping in horror.
It may have been unlike any other book I've ever read and I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite it's dark depths of deception and sadness.
What I didn't: Hausfrau is incredibly depressing, yet highlights an existential labyrinth twisting and turning within Anna. If one does not like sordid tales or sad stories, this book isn't for you. This novel is also very sexual, FYI.
I've been meaning to read this book for a while, and although I'm happy I finally conquered the novel, it has left a dark impression on me.
You may judge Anna harshly for her actions in the book, but we all know what it is like to feel alone and lost. Proceed with caution.