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Big Swiss

By Jen Beagin
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Named a Best Book of the Year by the New Yorker, Time, NPR, Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, NBC News, Lit Hub, theSkimm, Condé Nast Traveler, Town & 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.

1445 Reviews

Thumbs Up“An easy and fun read that had immense potential but fell short of the mark. The main shortcoming of this book was its inability to show what it was telling us in writing. In literature, it is important for the readers to feel the emotions that the author is trying to convey. Greta and big swiss were supposed to madly and desperately infatuated with each other or at least this is what the author tell up, because their relationship was so listless and dull. Pinon and Silas had better chemistry than Greta and Flavia. They both sounded like insufferable people who frankly didn't seem to like each other that much. The physical intimacy sounded so awful and I feel like the book would have been more impactful if descriptions of their physical affair had just been completely omitted. A lot of the relationships between characters were extremely hollow and not fleshed out at all. Overall it was a fast and easy read and it was really nice to have an older protagonist”
Easy to readFunny writingFast-pacedSexual assaultViolenceUnsatisfying plot
Slightly Smiling Face“This book was witty, funny, dark, and unhinged. Everything I crave in a messy story. It was just exactly the weird I enjoyed and probably would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for the ending. I enjoyed the metaphor but would have liked something more. You question the main character and left feeling unsure of who is truly being honest about themselves, experiences, and their life. I love not knowing the full truth of these characters by only receiving glimpses into their trauma. Reading a novel like this reminds me I am not alone, doing ok, and everyone has their own trauma they are dealing with.”

About Jen Beagin

Jen Beagin holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Irvine, and is a recipient of a Whiting Award in fiction. Her first novel Pretend I’m Dead was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and Vacuum in the Dark was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction. She is also the author of Big Swiss. She lives in Hudson, New York.

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