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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Pan Macmillan Presents Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

An extraordinary debut literary page-turner with echoes of Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina.

Haunting and elegant, Hausfrau is the exceptional debut novel from the prize-winning American poet, Jill Alexander Essbaum.

Anna was a good wife, mostly. . .

But adultery, too, has its own morality, and when Anna finds herself crossing a line, she will set off a terrible chain of events that ends in unspeakable tragedy. As her life crashes down around her, Anna must then discover where one must go when there is no going back....

Feeling adrift and unable to connect with her husband or his family; with the fellow expatriates who try to befriend her; or even, increasingly, her own thoughts and emotions, Anna attempts to assert her agency in the only way that makes sense to her: by engaging in short-lived but intense sexual affairs.
Anna Benz lives in comfort and affluence with her husband and three young children in Dietlikon, a picture-perfect suburb of Zurich. Anna, an American expat, has chosen this life far from home; but, despite its tranquility and order, inside she is falling apart.

1 comment:

  1. I'm always fascinated by cover choices and what the publishers believe it reflects or attracts in their local market.

    The U.S. cover is all pastel & floral & quite pretty in an old fashioned way.

    Your cover is much stronger. Bold, striking, a more classic design. But then the reference Fifty Shades & Anna Karenina in the same sentence!! What's that?

    I've just researched what the cover will be for Australia. looks like we get the same one that you posted. And it's getting some great reviews.


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