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Big Swiss: A Novel

Big Swiss: A Novel

"This is a book for nosy people. Okay, that might be an oversimplification but has anyone who isn’t a little nosy accepted a job as a transcriber for a sex therapist? Greta is 45 years old living in Upstate New York transcribing sessions for the town’s sex therapist Om. Yes, Om. This funny, intimate, and heart wrenching novel will make you laugh, ponder the ethics of secret keeping, and melt with love for an almost clairvoyant Jack Russell Terrier. Big Swiss is, in my humble opinion, a book for the slightly chaotic, slightly traumatized, but working through it, typa gals."

Emily A.

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Author Jen Beagin
Publisher Scribner
Publication Date 2023-08
Section New Titles - Paperback / Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Emily A.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781982153090


Named a Best Book of the Year by the New YorkerTime, NPR, VogueElleCosmopolitanHuffington Post, NBC News, Lit Hub, theSkimm, Condé Nast TravelerTown & Country, and more!

“One of the funniest books of the last few years” (Los Angeles Times) about a sex therapist’s transcriptionist and her affair with one of the patients.

Greta lives with her friend Sabine in an ancient Dutch farmhouse in Hudson, New York. The house is unrenovated, uninsulated, and full of bees. Greta 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.

One day, Greta recognizes Big Swiss’s voice in town and they quickly become enmeshed. While Big Swiss is unaware Greta has eavesdropped on her most intimate exchanges, Greta has never been more herself with anyone. Her attraction to Big Swiss overrides her guilt, and she’ll do anything to sustain the relationship…

“A fantastic, weird-as-hell, super funny novel” (Bustle), Big Swiss is both a love story and a deft examination of infidelity, mental health, sexual stereotypes, and more—from an amazingly talented, singular voice in contemporary fiction.

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