Switzerland with Hausfrau

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“Not choosing. Is that still a choice?.”–Anna Benz, Hausfrau

  • Here’s what happens:
    • Expatriate housewife Anna tackles her boredom in a most unusual and promiscuous way. Shackled to an unfulfilling life in a Swiss village, she steps out of her comfort zone (and marriage) with a variety of lovers to get to the root of her unhappiness with her seemingly picturesque life.
  • It’s good because:
    • The New York Times describes it as “Anna Karenina goes Fifty Shades of Gray.”  While I hate to borrow this description without adding anything of my own, that’s exactly what this book is: explicit adultery executed by a hopelessly passive heroine.
  • Read if:
    • You’re looking for a scandalous, guilty-pleasure read. I had expected a more thriller-esque plot line, or at least a few unexpected twists, as this was a recommendation for those who enjoyed Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, and this was definitely not as gripping or fast-paced. It was unexpected in its graphic content, however.

Up next: Lithuania with Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys!

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