“Big Swiss”: This book is incredibly captivating and unlike anything I’ve read before. There are many good things about it – it made me laugh, felt very real, and I particularly enjoyed the quirks like the bees, dogs, and donkeys. The characters’ approach to difficult situations is noteworthy. Overall, I found it enjoyable and would recommend it.
Description of the Book:
Big Swiss Book Synopsis:
A brilliantly original and funny novel about a sex therapist’s transcriptionist who falls in love with a client while listening to her sessions. When they accidentally meet in real life, an explosive affair ensues.
Greta lives with her friend Sabine in an ancient Dutch farmhouse in Hudson, New York. She spends her days transcribing therapy sessions for a sex coach who calls himself Om. She becomes infatuated with his newest client, a repressed married woman she affectionately refers to as Big Swiss, since she’s tall, stoic, and originally from Switzerland. They both have dark histories, but Big Swiss chooses to remain unattached to her suffering while Greta continues to be tortured by her past.
One day, Greta recognizes Big Swiss’s voice at the dog park. In a panic, she introduces herself with a fake name and they quickly become enmeshed. Although Big Swiss is unaware of Greta’s true identity, Greta has never been more herself with anyone.
Bold, outlandish, and filled with irresistible characters, Big Swiss is both a love story and also a deft examination of infidelity, mental health, sexual stereotypes, and more—from an amazingly talented, one-of-a-kind voice in contemporary fiction.
Book Quotes That We Like:
“I spent a lot of time alone, but I was rarely lonely because I like my own brain.”
“When I pick out pastries at the bakery, it sounds like I’m ordering someone’s execution.”
“Sorry is just something you take off a shelf. It means nothing to me.”
“Her beauty was like Switzerland itself—stunning, but sterile—and her Teutonic stoicism made the people around her seem like emotional libertines or, to use a more psychiatric term, total fucking basket cases.”Jen Beagin, Big Swiss
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