Anna is one very unhappy 'Hausfrau'

April 5, 2015 6:00 PM

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Anna Benz lives in a small town outside Zurich, an expatriate in a country "where a smile will give you away as an American. Where what isn't taboo is de rigueur.'' Needless to say, she doesn't feel at home.

In Jill Alexander Essbaum's debut novel (**1/2 out of four), Anna is a hausfrau, or housewife, with a blond banker husband, two little blond boys and a dark-haired baby girl. After nine years of not being able to go beyond the most simple conversations at the grocery store, she is finally taking Ger...

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