Jan 28, 2015

Book Review: Hausfrau byJill Alexander Essbaum

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum will be released March 17, 2015 by Random House. I consider it general or women's fiction and rated it 2.5/5.

I enjoyed reading the first half of this novel about Anna, the American homemaker married to a Swiss and living near Zurich, becoming a hausfrau or German housewife. I could sympathize with Anna at the beginning for feeling isolated in a country with a different language and customs and a husband who becomes mostly unfeeling, unaware.

In the second half of the book, Anna becomes less sympathetic, acting irrationally, spinning out of control in spite of going regularly to see a psychoanalyst. I didn't feel she was a tragic figure, though the author tried to make her one. She seemed just a confused and contradictory personality.

The ending was unsettling as I found it disappointing and the overall character development not quite believable.

I'd love to hear comments from others who have read the book.

I received a review galley of this book from the publisher. 

6 comments:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Definitely want to try this one; such a pretty cover too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Harvee

Sarah's Book Shelves said...

Disappointing! I was looking forward to this one!

Harvee said...

Hope you read it, Sarah, and let us know what you think.

Suko said...

Harvee,

Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts about this book. The cover is lovely, but I am sorry that the contents were not better for you.

Anna said...

I have a copy of this book and was looking forward to it, but now I'm not so sure...

Harvee said...

Anna, hope you read it so we can compare notes.

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