Jill Essbaum: Interview

Jill Essbaum: Interview

I had a realisation that the book wasn’t about me,” says Jill Alexander Essbaum of her début novel Hausfrau (Mantle, March), “and it was something that had already happened, so I took it out of the first person and out of the present tense and it fell out very quickly.”

Hausfrau may not be about Essbaum, but it is the American poet’s attempt to address the unhappiness she felt during a brief period living in Switzerland with her then husband. But it was only after taking the “I” out that she was able to write beyond the first 100 pages of the story.

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