Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Tuesday Titles 043: Hausfrau

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

I finished this book just over a week ago, and since then it's been haunting me. Seriously, there hasn't been a day when I've not been thinking about the ending, which was a bit of a shocking twist.

Anna Benz is a housewife. She is an American ex-pat who lives with her husband Bruno and their three children. She feels like an outsider; not speaking much of the local language and not being able to drive means she has to rely on other people - often her disapproving mother-in-law.

With Anna finding it more and more difficult to connect with any of the people in her life, I found it rather poignant that I struggled to connect with her as a character. I definitely think this is intentional.

The book is told over the course of three months, flicking back and forth from conversations between Anna and her psychiatrist, to memories of past events and to the present day. Anna embarks on a German course in order to feel more at home in her home country, as well as embarking on an affair to make her feel.

The flashbacks to previous events in Anna's life both helped me to understand her emotional position, as well as helping me to better understand her as a character. I think any woman who has ever loved and lost will be able to relate to Anna.

I mentioned that the ending was shocking, and whilst I stand by that, I also think it was sort of perfect. I don't want to say a lot more for fear of spoiling it, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book, having not been convinced I would from the first couple of pages. 


  1. I really wanted to read this, now I'm intrigued! xx

  2. This sounds really interesting. Just added it to my reading list! xx

    1. It's really good, definitely worth a read!

  3. I really don't need anymore books but that hasn't stopped me from adding this to my Amazon wishlist...