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Hausfrau

(2015)
A novel by

 
One of the Huffington Post's most anticipated books of 2015

For readers of Claire Messud and Mary Gaitskill comes a striking debut novel of marriage, fidelity, sex, and morality, featuring a fascinating heroine who struggles to live a life with meaning.

Anna was a good wife, mostly.

Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno - a banker - and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zurich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences: German language classes, Jungian analysis, and a series of sexual affairs she enters with an ease that surprises even her.

But Anna can't easily extract herself from these affairs. When she wants to end them, she finds it's difficult. Tensions escalate, and her lies start to spin out of control. Having crossed a moral threshold, Anna will discover where a woman goes when there is no going back.

Intimate, intense, and written with the precision of a Swiss Army knife, Jill Alexander Essbaum's debut novel is an unforgettable story of marriage, fidelity, sex, morality, and most especially self. Navigating the lines between lust and love, guilt and shame, excuses and reasons, Anna Benz is an electrifying heroine whose passions and choices readers will debate with recognition and fury. Her story reveals, with honesty and great beauty, how we create ourselves and how we lose ourselves and the sometimes disastrous choices we make to find ourselves.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Hausfrau (Thorndike Press Large Print Peer Picks)
Author(s): Jill Alexander Essbaum
ISBN: 1-4104-8216-2 / 978-1-4104-8216-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2015 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Hausfrau
Author(s): Jill Alexander Essbaum
ISBN: 1-4472-8079-2 / 978-1-4472-8079-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mantle
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Hausfrau: A Novel
Author(s): Jill Alexander Essbaum
ISBN: 0-8129-9753-0 / 978-0-8129-9753-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

April 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Hausfrau
Author(s): Jill Alexander Essbaum
ISBN: 1-4472-8081-4 / 978-1-4472-8081-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Hausfrau
Author(s): Jill Alexander Essbaum
ISBN: 1-5098-1698-4 / 978-1-5098-1698-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2015 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Hausfrau: A Novel
Author(s): Jill Alexander Essbaum
ISBN: 0-8129-8729-2 / 978-0-8129-8729-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Hausfrau
Author(s): Jill Alexander Essbaum
ISBN: 1-4472-8080-6 / 978-1-4472-8080-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mantle
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

March 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Hausfrau
Author(s): Jill Alexander Essbaum
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Availability: Amazon   

March 2015 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Hausfrau
Author(s): Jill Alexander Essbaum
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Availability: Amazon UK   

March 2015 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Hausfrau: A Novel
Author(s): Jill Alexander Essbaum
ISBN: 0-553-55158-2 / 978-0-553-55158-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Hausfrau: A Novel
Author(s): Jill Alexander Essbaum
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   

March 2015 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Hausfrau: A Novel
Author(s): Jill Alexander Essbaum
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

March 2015 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Hausfrau
Author(s): Jill Alexander Essbaum
Publisher: Mantle
Availability: Amazon UK   

March 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Hausfrau: A Novel
Author(s): Jill Alexander Essbaum
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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