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Big Swiss

book | Fiction | 2022
US → Scribner (Ed. Kara Watson)
UK → Faber (Ed. Louisa Joyner)

A brilliantly original and funny novel about a transcriptionist working for a sex therapist 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. 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…

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.

Rights

Helen Manders manages the translation rights for Big Swiss

Translation Rights Sold

Dutch
World
Uitgeverij Atlas Contact
Finnish
World
Otava Publishing Company
German
World
Atlantik
Hungarian
World
Europa Konyvkiado
Italian
World
Einaudi Editore
Reviews

Big Swiss is a dark party; a hilarious romp through new age pop psychology, romantic obsession, sapphic acrobatics, dogs, and the desire to end it all.

Melissa Broder, author of Milk Fed

Big Swiss is a dark party; a hilarious romp through new age pop psychology, romantic obsession, sapphic acrobatics, dogs, and the desire to end it all.

Melissa Broder, author of Milk Fed

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