Big Swiss

Book Review: Big Swiss

In the Ottessa Moshfegh tradition of severely messed-up female protagonists, Beagin gives us 45-year-old Greta, a former pharm tech with a recently broken engagement whose current job it is to transcribe the sessions of a sex coach – and we’re not talking about a serious therapist here: Om is, as the name suggests, a New Age amateur who is still consulted by lots of folk, thus granting Greta access to numerous potentially compromising secrets of the people living around her in Hudson, New York. Listening to a series of recordings, Greta is increasingly fascinated by Om’s new patient Flavia, whom she privately calls “Big Swiss” (as Flavia is a tall Swiss woman), a 28-year-old married gynecologist who never had an orgasm. When the two meet at the dog park and Greta recognizes Flavia’s voice, the women start an affair – but of course, Flavia can’t know that Greta is aware of all of her trauma due to her being the one transcribing Om’s sessions…

The women at the center of the text are both hanging on by a thread due to past trauma they haven’t overcome: Flavia was severely assaulted by a man, and Greta has repressed memories relating to her mother’s suicide that occurred when she was only 13 years old. Their relationship is doomed for several reasons, and what propels the story forward is the question when the women will reach the point at which they will finally be unable to escape their demons. The witty dialogue (quite a few chapters mainly consist of transcribed therapy sessions) and quirky characters take away from the heavy subject matter and give the text a light-hearted feel that was probably the main reason for the novel being turned into an HBO series that is supposed to premier this year.

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Still, the fact that the serious themes are often released with a copious amount of gallows humor does not render the text harmless: Flavia and Greta suffer, and while we learn about Flavia’s past very early on, the details of Greta’s backstory are only revealed at the very end. The fact that she decides to live in a decrepit old Dutch house with her roommate Sabine is a clear gothic hint at her inner world though: Her mind is crumbling, she lives devoid of comfort. The women mirror each other in certain respects and take different roles, the ghosts they haunt start to appear inside and outside their minds.

I have to admit though that the ending felt slightly anticlimactic, and it came too abruptly. Sure, some metaphors are heavy-handed (a shard of glass in a foot? come on), some twists appear far-fetched. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the smart writing, the fast one-liners, the overall concept, as well as the unusual female characters.

Big Swiss

publishedDate : 2023-02-09

authors : Jen Beagin

publishers : Faber & Faber

pageCount : 304

Big Swiss: Beagin, Jen: 9781982153083: Amazon.com: Books

Big Swiss is a comic novel, but it is one with a very tender core.” — Vogue, Most Anticipated Books of 2023 “Beagin may have found the best vehicle yet for her nihilist whimsy.” — Entertainment Weekly, Most Anticipated Books of Winter 2023 “Weird and horny and unfettered in all the best ways.”

Big Swiss


Big Swiss

Author by : Jen Beagin
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2023-08
Publisher by : Simon and Schuster

ISBN :

Description : "Greta lives with her friend Sabine in an ancient Dutch farmhouse in Hudson, New York. The house, built in 1737, 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, since she's tall, stoic, and originally from Switzerland. Greta is fascinated by Big Swiss's refreshing attitude toward trauma. 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. Her attraction to Big Swiss overrides her guilt, and she'll do anything to sustain the relationship..."--Provided by publisher....






Big Swiss


Big Swiss

Author by : Jen Beagin
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2023-02-07
Publisher by : Simon and Schuster

ISBN :

Description : NATIONAL BESTSELLER AND CULT FAVORITE 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....






Big Swiss


Big Swiss

Author by : Jen Beagin
Languange Used : de
Release Date : 2023-04-03
Publisher by : Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN :

Description : Hudson, eine Kleinstadt nördlich von New York. Dort lebt Greta, die als Schreibkraft für den Sex-Coach Om arbeitet. Und Big Swiss, die eigentlich Flavia heißt und bei Om in Therapie ist, weil sie noch nie einen Orgasmus hatte. Als Greta und Big Swiss sich zufällig im Park begegnen, weiß Greta schon fast alles über Big Swiss, weil sie die Tonaufnahmen ihrer Therapiesitzungen kennt. Big Swiss hingegen trifft mit Greta einen fremden Menschen, der sie vom ersten Augenblick an fasziniert. So unterschiedlich Greta und Big Swiss auch sind, eines wissen sie sofort: Sie sind seelenverwandt – und schon bald gerät ihr Leben völlig aus den Fugen....






Pretend I M Dead


Pretend I M Dead

Author by : Jen Beagin
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2018-05-15
Publisher by : Simon and Schuster

ISBN :

Description : NAMED A BEST BOOK of the YEAR by O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE, REFINERY 29, and KIRKUS REVIEWS SHORTLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE The “wondrous” (O, The Oprah Magazine), “scathingly funny” (Entertainment Weekly) debut from Whiting Award winner and author of Big Swiss Jen Beagin about a cleaning lady named Mona and her quest for self-acceptance. Jen Beagin’s funny, moving, fearless debut novel introduces an unforgettable character, Mona—almost twenty-four, emotionally adrift, and cleaning houses to get by. She falls for a man she calls Mr. Disgusting, who proceeds to break her heart in unimaginable ways. In search of healing, she decamps to Taos, New Mexico, for a fresh start, where she finds a community of cast-offs, all of whom have something to teach her—the pajama-wearing, blissed-out New Agers, the slightly creepy client with peculiar tastes in controlled substances, the psychic who might really be psychic. But always lurking just beneath the surface are her memories of growing up in a chaotic, destructive family from which she’s trying to disentangle herself, and the larger legacy of the past. The story of Mona’s quest for belonging in this world is at once hilarious and wonderfully strange, true to life and boldly human, and introduces a stunning, one-of-a-kind new voice in American fiction....






Vacuum In The Dark


Vacuum In The Dark

Author by : Jen Beagin
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2020-01-28
Publisher by : Scribner

ISBN :

Description : From the Whiting Award–winning author of Pretend I’m Dead and one of the most exhilarating new voices in fiction, a “thoroughly delightfully, surprisingly profound” (Entertainment Weekly) one-of-a-kind novel about a cleaning lady named Mona and her struggles to move forward in life. Soon to be an FX television show starring Lola Kirke. Mona is twenty-six and cleans houses for a living in Taos, New Mexico. She moved there mostly because of a bad boyfriend—a junkie named Mr. Disgusting, long story—and her efforts to restart her life since haven’t exactly gone as planned. For one thing, she’s got another bad boyfriend. This one she calls Dark, and he happens to be married to one of Mona’s clients. He also might be a little unstable. Dark and his wife aren’t the only complicated clients on Mona’s roster, either. There’s also the Hungarian artist couple who—with her addiction to painkillers and his lingering stares—reminds Mona of troubling aspects of her childhood, and some of the underlying reasons her life had to be restarted in the first place. As she tries to get over the heartache of her affair and the older pains of her youth, Mona winds up on an eccentric, moving journey of self-discovery that takes her back to her beginnings where she attempts to unlock the key to having a sense of home in the future. The only problems are Dark and her past. Neither is so easy to get rid of. Jen Beagin’s Vacuum in the Dark is an unforgettable, astonishing read, “by turns nutty and forlorn…Brash, deadpan, and achingly troubled” (O, The Oprah Magazine). Beagin is “a wonderfully funny writer who also happens to tackle serious subjects” (NPR)....






The Little Book Of Big Swiss Houses


The Little Book Of Big Swiss Houses

Author by : Slatkine,
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2014-12-01
Publisher by :

ISBN :

Description : The Little Book of Big Swiss Houses presents 27 big swiss brands: LAURASTAR, ZUG, XELLENT, ZAI, OVOMALTINE (WANDER), VALMONT, VICTORINOX, STROMER, STOECKLI, SWISS, TOBLERONE......






The Big Swiss Colouring Book


The Big Swiss Colouring Book

Author by : Joanna Moon
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2016-09-05
Publisher by : Bergli

ISBN :

Description : With this luxurious book of 80 pen-and-ink designs, the adult colouring book phenomenon definitively arrives in Switzerland. All you need is a set of coloured pencils to immerse yourself in the arts, culture, and landscapes of this majestic land. Cultivate mindfulness, awake your creativity, and join the artistic movement that is sweeping the globe. Hand-drawn, printed, and bound in Switzerland. A true Swiss product!...






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