Hausfrau (Large Print / Hardcover)
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April 2015 Indie Next List
“In this powerful, affecting novel, Essbaum has written an ode to desire and the destructive choices we make. There is a grace in Essbaum's writing that leads the reader to love Anna, to befriend her, and to be endlessly protective of her. Whatever it is that a poet does with words -- the arranging, the building of something that is more than the sum of its parts -- Essbaum, an accomplished poet, does with the emotions and the honesty in this work. It is brave, vulnerable, and filled with love, passion, and the kind of lust that one never speaks about. This is something special.”
— Kenny Coble, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
An extraordinary debut literary page-turner with echoes of Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina.