Hausfrau, by Jill Alexander Essbaum, was decidedly well written, but it ended up just being sort of "meh" for me.
Anna is an American living with her husband and three children in his native Switzerland. She has a nice life, by all accounts, but she's bored, unhappy, and generally a psychological mess. The story bounces around in time...flashbacks to a relationship she views through rose-colored glasses, the imperfections of her married life, and her sessions with a psychoanalyst. Anna tries to staunch her loneliness with affairs and distractions, but it's just not working.
What's great about this book?
- I was genuinely interested in a "protagonist" I didn't care for and generally wanted to slap.
- I was touched emotionally by Anna's relationship with her children.
- The writing, overall, was quite nice, and I enjoyed the atmospheric setting.
What was "meh"?
- I got bored during certain stretches of the book...namely the first 100 pages or so as the conflicts were being set up.
- I think the author was going for some sort of surprising, high-impact ending, but I saw it coming, so it fell a little flat for me.
If the premise sounds interesting to you, certainly give this one a try. It wasn't a wasted time reading as I rated it three of five stars on Goodreads, but it didn't blow me away as I'd hoped it would. Can't win 'em all!
Pub. Date: March 17, 2015
Publisher: Random House
Source: Gifted to me
|I read this book during the #flashreadathon.|