Recommendation Breakdown: Hausfrau


We all love books for different reasons, so I always try to feel out why someone loved a book when I give a recommendation. If you loved Jill Alexander Essbaum’s Hausfrau (or parts of it!), here are four more titles based on some of the book’s unique traits.

Life Outside the Marriage: Little Children

Far from Hausfrau‘s European locale, Tom Perrotta’s Little Children brings the familiar story of adultery to the American suburbs. Though Perrotta’s novel uses a wider lens, the novels expose similar emotions and the buried feelings of all involved.

Beautifully Steamy: All that Is

If you loved the steaminess of the sex scenes and the gorgeous writing in Hausfrau, you need to run to the nearest James Salter book. While I’m partial to his last novel, All That Is, many will recommend his early classic A Sport and a Pastime. Either way, the man had a brilliant way with words, especially the sexy ones.

Forever “Unlikable”: The Woman Upstairs

When it was published, Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs was quick to get readers talking about the “unlikable” female protagonist. Much like Hausfrau‘s Anna, not all of Nora choices are great, but she makes them with a fire that’s nearly impossible to ignore.

Real Therapy: Come as You Are

Though the passages that made up Anna’s sessions with her Jungian therapist were some of Hausfrau‘s best, it was clear she didn’t always get the advice she needed. While I’m sure there were many layers to her troubles, I’ve wondered how much Anna could have been helped by reading Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski. The book explores both the medical research and brain science behind women’s sexuality, with the aim of making it fulfilling.