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Big Swiss
Big Swiss: A Novel | Jen Beagin
A brilliantly original and funny novel about a sex therapists 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 shes tall, stoic, and originally from Switzerland. Greta is fascinated by Big Swisss 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 Swisss 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 Gretas true identity, Greta has never been more herself with anyone. Her attraction to Big Swiss overrides her guilt, and shell 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 morefrom an amazingly talented, one-of-a-kind voice in contemporary fiction.
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Litsi
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Vaginas that feel like castles; killing bees; with adultery; a dark compact between mother and daughter; stalking; sexual obsession. If that does not intrigue you, then skip this. All of the above happens in a quaint New York hamlet that people move to to become the better version of themselves. But what happens if there isn‘t a better version of you? Darkly madcap. So startling, it disgusts; so hyper real, it excites. Will be better as a film.

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katcalvin
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite book but a lot of people are loving it.

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JessCTea
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“It was a voice you could snag your sweater on, or perhaps chip one of your teeth, but it was also sweet enough to suck on, to sleep with in your mouth.”

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MyNamesParadise
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Just finished this one! Read it for book club. It‘s not something I would‘ve read on my own. It was a little slow to start but eventually picks up. Greta is an interesting character. Overall I liked it but it‘s definitely quirky & may not be for some people. I‘m eager to see what people at book club have to say about it!

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Kazzie
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This was strange, and took several twists. The story with Greta was unsettling but ultimately she reached some closure - less so with the title character. Sometimes the characters seemed too much. But very engaging

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ImperfectCJ
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The ending didn't quite do it for me (endings rarely do), but I enjoyed the rest of this novel quite a bit. It's uncomfortable in a lot of ways, with people acting badly and keeping secrets and generally doing things that aren't in their own best interest, but it's also hilarious, and the characters grow in realistic, incremental ways.

I hate the cover, though, so here's a hawk at the park the other day.

Texreader Great photo 4mo
Soubhiville I like your photo much more than the cover! It was one of my least favorite last year. 4mo
ImperfectCJ @Soubhiville I usually don't have very strong opinions about covers, but this one bugs me so much that I kept letting my library loan lapse without reading it. At least I liked the inside of the book. I dislike the cover of A Little Life, and I disliked the insides, too. 4mo
Shemac77 Hawk! I‘m a huge bird lover. 4mo
MMFinck I also loathe the cover. 4mo
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MMFinck
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This is a very strange book!

Amor4Libros Yes, it is. I enjoyed it! 4mo
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Big Swiss is a read for fans of Mosfegh or Melissa Broder, without being exactly the same as their vibes. It‘s quirky without being irritating, chaotic without being unruly or impenetrable, it‘s insightful in its examination of the human experience of chasing the feeling of being at home in your life and your body without being didactic. It‘s fun and funny. It won‘t be for everyone, but if it‘s for you, you‘ll love it.

Mirazzles I really enjoyed this one! The audiobook was great! 4mo
ClairesReads @Mirazzles isn‘t it fun? 4mo
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Amor4Libros
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Everything in this book is so crazy and hilarious that I had a hard time putting it down and when I did I kept thinking about it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Amor4Libros
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Getting ready for a long hair appointment today and this will be my read…So intrigued already!

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ncsufoxes
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I listened to this one over audio. It‘s definitely a different book. Weird, wild, cringy & interesting all in one. Greta takes up transcribing for a local sex therapist in her town. When she‘s around town she can hear people that she‘s heard in therapy but knows she‘s not supposed to really engage with them. Greta becomes obsessed with someone she‘s nicknamed Big Swiss because her story is so unusual. She then runs into Big Swiss & finds a way to

ncsufoxes form a relationship with Big Swiss even though she knows she shouldn‘t. It‘s not a book for everyone & definitely has triggers regarding suicide, assault. #bookspin 5mo
TheKidUpstairs I did not expect to like this book, but I picked it up on the recommendation of a friend and LOVED it. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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Sara_Planz
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I am on a roll with the "messy life" books recently and I cannot get enough, especially when they have lots of humor like this one! I love flawed characters like Greta and Big Swiss, but I truly enjoyed getting to know why these characters are battling so many demons. Quirky, witty, honest, and raw, "Big Swiss" is the ultimate fly on the wall story.

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TheKidUpstairs
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Reading the description of this one, I was not expecting to like it. I didn't plan on reading it, until a coworker handed it to me saying “Mike (his husband) says you HAVE to read this one.“ So I tried it. And loved it. It is a messy, cringy, can't look away from the train wreck type of a book. Definitely not one that will work for every reader, but totally worked for me!

Daisey I keep seeing reviews for this and thinking it doesn‘t really sound like my kind of book, but at the same time every one kind of makes me want to try it. 6mo
TheKidUpstairs @Daisey I'd say give it a try! It's the type of book where you'll know pretty quickly if it'll work for you or not. I didn't think it would be my type of book either, but I was hooked right from the start. 6mo
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mija333
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Adored this book.

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Rissreads
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I‘m really not sure what I think of this book. Not one of the characters are likeable but it‘s refreshing to read about such fucked up women. The sex scenes grossed me out. The animals being described like humans were the real stars of this book. This book was sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes gross and sometimes appalling! Yep, I enjoyed it…….I think! 🤣

BkClubCare I agree 😂 9mo
sisilia I love the cute cover 😍 9mo
MrsMalaprop But what did your book club think? 8mo
Rissreads Most felt the same as I did. One member gave it 5 stars and one hated it! Most hated the characters but found it amusing. @MrsMalaprop 8mo
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sarahbarnes
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At times this book was hilarious and at times heartbreaking. I loved the method of using the transcripts throughout the book to tell parts of the story. I thought the story ended just as it should. I will say the insect situation in the house terrified me. But I really liked this!

Lindy The bees! That aspect was surreal. 9mo
batsy Really enjoyed this! Glad you liked it. Agreed about the insects 😵 You're right @Lindy it had surreal moments. 9mo
sarahbarnes @Lindy @batsy yes, surreal indeed! I couldn‘t even imagine myself in that situation - my brain couldn‘t fully comprehend it. 9mo
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catiewithac
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Jen Beagin is one of my favorite new voices in fiction. She writes “ugly beautiful” novels with raw verve. She takes her usual theme of suicidal depression and adds some fresh elements that surprise and delight. I just dig her style 😎

Ruthiella After reading this, I definitely want to check out her prior works too! 😃 9mo
batsy Great review! This was my first by her and I loved it; looking forward to reading her other books. 9mo
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Coueriamb
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This was a wild ride. Bizarre character driven borderline nonsense that reminded me of Gilmore Girls almost? But also I‘ve never actually seen Gilmore Girls I just know there‘s some pretentious flat talking.

But hell if it wasn‘t enjoyable!

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Rissreads
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I‘m thinking this book fits the #titlesandtunes #dramaqueen theme? I chose this book for my bookclub based on @batsy review and all the comments. The animals in the story have me intrigued.
I love Blondie and this song ‘Rip her to shreads‘ was an easy pick.
@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

batsy Hope you enjoy it! 9mo
Cinfhen Fabulous picks!!! 9mo
Suet624 Really enjoyed this book. I hope you do too. 😊 9mo
Rissreads I loved this book even though I didn‘t like one person in it! The animals throughout were entertaining. This book was out there but in a good way. Quirky sometimes and serious other times. 9mo
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BkClubCare
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Well, I am a fan so far and am loving the wry comic tone. While exploring the Crystal Bridges Art Museum In Bentonville AR today, I found a postcard of a flower featured in Big Swiss:

Are you familiar with jimsonweed?
Is that a singer?
It‘s a plant.

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BkClubCare
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Um, I can‘t wait to find out if this is a pick or not - am loving the pro/con reactions this is getting. I have too many books checked out from the library but this one is grabbing my attention the most. Esther wanted in on the photo action.

dabbe Hi, Enchanting Esther! 🖤🐾🖤 10mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Mehso-so

3⭐
I had high hopes for this but found I wasn't reaching for it as much as a pick rating.
The characters were interesting, and I liked how her house seemed to be its own character. Great's job as a transcriptionist makes this story work, I could see myself getting obsessed with patients in this job. There was just something missing in the story that led to lack of engagement on my end and I am not sure what that was.

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Deblovestoread
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Low pick. Storygraph‘s description says this a a funny novel, if so, I didn‘t get it. Greta transcribes therapy sessions and becomes transfixed by one of the clients. The concept was interesting but it lacked emotion. I felt removed from everything that was happening on the page. 3 🌟 On the official Camp TOB list for June.

sarahbarnes Thanks for the tag! I‘ve been waiting on this one from the library for what feels like forever. Sorry to hear you didn‘t love it. 10mo
squirrelbrain I didn‘t love it either. It wasn‘t that funny to me and rather gross in places. Like you, I just didn‘t connect with it. 10mo
Cinfhen I bailed on this one! I just got bored - glad to know I didn‘t miss much 10mo
Soubhiville I didn‘t like this either. 10mo
Ruthiella I thought it was funny. But also sometimes gross. 10mo
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merelybookish
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I expected to LOVE this and . . . I didn't. Beagin is a phenomenal writer. There were passages that took my breath away. And exploring if we are our trauma is right up my alley.
And yet...something about the tone grated. It felt smug, cynical or too clever for its own good. It got to me, like an infestation, like the bees, the maggots & the stink bugs. Eventually I just wanted the story equivalent of a bug-free heated room in a regular house.

merelybookish I listened to it on audio and I wonder if that contributed to my irritation. Big Swiss's voice was kind of awful. But it had lots of sex and drugs if not rocknroll so perfect for this month's #titlesandtunes @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB #sexdrugdandrocknroll 11mo
BarbaraBB That‘s so true! 11mo
Ruthiella I liked it more than you and definitely want to read more from Beagin, but I agree, it didn‘t really hit the way I expected it to. 11mo
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Reggie Lol, um stacked. Nice review! 11mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella It was more annoying than I expected. 😆 11mo
merelybookish @Reggie Yes! I would love it hear your review!! 11mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Thank you! 11mo
Ruthiella I loved Om. He was surprisingly competent in many ways. “I am a sex therapist, Greta.” @Reggie Read it! Consider it a Ruthamendation! 😂 (edited) 11mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella yes, Om came through in the end. His therapeutic approach was actually pretty good. 🙂 Also, love the term 'Ruthamendation' Feels like a hashtag. 😉 11mo
Ruthiella @merelybookish It is! I‘m trying to make #Reggimendation a thing. 😆 Only problem is Reggie reads a lot of horror and romance, maybe my two least favorite genres. 11mo
BkClubCare I am loving Big Swiss! #Ruthamendation?! 10mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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This was uproariously funny, though painful. I had so much fun reading this book! Greta, our MC, transcribes sex therapy sessions. The therapist is a total quack and the clients are just as nutty. Greta lives in a crumbling, ancient home, infested with bees. Big Swiss is a singular character, who readers get to know along with Greta during transcription. There‘s donkeys, cheaters, so much sex, edibles, dogs, but also violence and trauma. 📷-🐌

squirrelbrain Great review! I really dislike the US cover though! 😬 11mo
The_Book_Ninja The story surrounding the painting on the cover and it‘s artist is wild😮 11mo
Ruthiella I thought this book was both banana pants and fantastic. I definitely want to read more from this author now. 11mo
TheKidUpstairs Just finished this one, totally agree with everything you said here! 6mo
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merelybookish
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Squeaking in my #titlesandtunes for July. Focusing on the sex in #sexdrugsandrocknroll. A book about a sex therapy transcriptionist and a classic song about holding out for a partner with a 'slow hand.'
@BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

tpixie 😂 what a combo! that book sounds like a very interesting experiment/ challenge for the author. 11mo
Bookzombie 🤯I only knew this as a Conway Twitty song! 11mo
BarbaraBB Great match! I‘ve listened to that song about a thousand times through the years I think! “ Not come and go in a heated rush” 😀 11mo
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Cinfhen Hilarious!!! Well played 🫶🏼 11mo
batsy Nicely done! 😆 I loved the book and now I need to go listen to the Pointer Sisters (again). 11mo
merelybookish @tpixie Thanks! I'm very curious to see how the book goes! 11mo
merelybookish @Bookzombie I had no idea there was a country version! I'm biased but I bet the Pointer Sisters' is better. 😄 11mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Exactly!! It's a great song. 11mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen Thanks for this challenge. It's fun! 11mo
merelybookish @batsy I'm excited to hear you liked the book! And yes, Pointer Sisters are 🔥🔥 11mo
tpixie @merelybookish I haven‘t read it, but you might need a fan for the hot 🔥 parts! 😂 11mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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6-30-23: My June Book Wrap Up! 11 books most of which were 4 stars⭐️ but Guncle was my favorite and was definitely 5 stars ⭐️ for me. I will say that Big Swiss will probably stay with me for awhile. I‘m doing my wrap up a day early because I‘m sure I won‘t be reading much in the next 3 days. It‘s my youngest daughter‘s birthday, 17, and my oldest daughter is visiting us for the weekend. They will never leave me alone long enough to finish another.

marleed I have a rule that I get to keep my 5* reads. I‘m thrilled that 10 years from now, The Guncle will still be on my shelves! 11mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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6-30-23: My 72nd finished book of 2023! This one actually made me laugh out loud. Greta is a transcriptionist for a sex therapist named Om. She lives in a small town where everyone knows one another. She has a good ear and is able to recognize the voices of Om‘s patients. She becomes fixated on one woman she calls Big Swiss, a 28 year old Swiss gynecologist. She turns her world upside down & finally feels like living when Big Swiss enters her life

GidgetsTreasures75 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣7️⃣2️⃣ 11mo
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VRM1975
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AnnieMcC
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Quirky, funny, bizarre. . I laughed out loud at times. I really enjoyed this book and especially loved that I could read it in two days because it rained most of the weekend. I really enjoyed Greta and, unlike some of the reviews I've read, I thought it wrapped up nicely at the end. . . explaining some of the characters (such as Greta's roommate) that I wondered about.

batsy Nice review! I felt the same. 11mo
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Larkken
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“It‘s gong, honey, not dong.”

Ok, this book is funny! I voted for it for #camplitsy and it‘s on the #tob summer list, so I grabbed it when my library holds thwarted my participation in the Birnam Wood readalong.

(Pic from the hotel where I‘m staying during a work trip 👀 It is also funny, but perhaps unintentionally? It is also quite nice, so maybe i shouldn‘t mock!)

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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Big Swiss was weirder, and more traumatic, than I expected. The literary merit can‘t be questioned, but take care if you have any sensitivity around dog-related trauma, suicide, or graphic violence against women. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/big-swiss-jen-beagin/

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Breanne1
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I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable this book was considering the characters are dealing with their traumas. It could have been a dark book and instead the characters were complex and humorous, making it an enjoyable read. #aardvark
I‘m picking the UK cover because I just like it better 🐕

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squirrelbrain
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My #guiltypleasure is that I keep buying pretty books that I don‘t need…! So I‘m going to read one of them (at least!) this month for #titlesandtunes.

Whilst driving home last night I had my own #guiltypleasure playlist on LOUD and thought I‘d choose a tune from there. They might have a great baseline, be good for caterwauling along to when you‘ve had a bad day, or just a complete👂🐛. Altogether now…‘I said-a hip, hop, the hippie, the hippie‘

LeahBergen Love this song! 😆 12mo
Cinfhen This is the tune my hubby wanted me to use!!! He can rap the whole thing ☺️😂😂LOVE it!!! 12mo
Cinfhen Big Swiss is also very much a book about pleasure so great choice 12mo
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Amiable Great song pick! 12mo
squirrelbrain @Cinfhen - the other one I like to (try to) rap along to is Dub Be Good to Me - do you know that one? It‘s British rather than American. Tank fly, boss walk, jam nitty gritty…. Gosh, I won‘t sleep tonight for the ear worms! 🤣 12mo
TrishB I‘m rapping both those, in my head…. 12mo
Cinfhen No….I don‘t know that one, Helen. I‘ll need to listen 🎧 the other one my hubby & I love is https://open.spotify.com/track/3odqT6FRAUAFCeOmNFmLrb?si=SkBYj-vuRm-to5UAbioVgw 12mo
BarbaraBB Hahah so good, this is one I can rap phonetically because when it was a hit I didn‘t speak English yet so I just sang the sounds I heard (and still do even after I have learned the lyrics!) @Cinfhen @TrishB 12mo
Cinfhen So funny @BarbaraBB 😂 12mo
dabbe Excellent song choice! 🤩🤩🤩 12mo
squirrelbrain Oh yes, I love that one too @Cinfhen ! That‘s so cute @BarbaraBB that you can rap it phonetically! (edited) 12mo
batsy Oh, great song! ❤️ 12mo
Megabooks Now what you hear is not a test… I used to be able to do this whole song from memory! Great choice! 12mo
squirrelbrain I just managed to get rid of the ear worm @Megabooks and now you‘ve put it right back in there again! 🤣 12mo
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squirrelbrain
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I may have accidentally walked into the bookshop today, when really I didn‘t mean to!

I‘ve been umming and aahing about this one for ages. I applied for it on NG but didn‘t get it, the library hasn‘t got it in yet but when I saw those edges I just had to have it. 😍

Bonus - didn‘t even know it was signed until I got it home!

Birdsong28 Sounds like you were meant to get with those beautiful edges 😍 and it being signed! 12mo
E.Bolhafner aieee those edges. I would have picked it up as well. 12mo
TrishB Looks lovely ♥️ 12mo
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Oryx Oooooh... 12mo
youneverarrived So pretty! 12mo
Deblovestoread 😍 12mo
rockpools Nice! And that cover‘s so much better than the other one! 12mo
Bookwormjillk I mean I feel like it would be impossible to walk away from those paw prints 12mo
Hooked_on_books This one doesn‘t appeal to me, but I‘d have a hard time resisting those edges! So cute! 12mo
LeahBergen Ooo, pretty! 👀 12mo
Cathythoughts Loving that red colour on the edges ❤️ 12mo
batsy What a lovely edition! The book does feature a most excellent dog. Hope you enjoy this one. 12mo
sarahbarnes I want to read this, and that edition is so much more fun than the one in the US! 😍 12mo
squirrelbrain @sarahbarnes @rockpools - the US cover is *awful* isn‘t it?! 12mo
BarbaraBB What a gorgeous edition! Hope you‘ll like the book. I liked not loved it 12mo
Megabooks Awesome!!! 🤩 12mo
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guidosophia
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Definitely not what I expected (I feel like I‘ve been saying that a lot recently but maybe that‘s bc I‘ve been reading new books instead of rereading). I honestly have trouble understanding my feelings about this one. I really liked the beginning and I blew through the first hundred pages. Then the narrator became HORRIBLE and I think that‘s the point but still hard to read at some points. I would still recommend it tho I think

Esinclair You‘re reading quick 12mo
guidosophia @Esinclair omg hey girl I was just thinking about you 12mo
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BarbaraBB
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I‘m pretty hyped about this year‘s #CampToB23 reads 💃💃 after last year‘s choices. I‘ve read Big Swiss, I have a copy of #InternationalBooker longlisted The Birthday Party and I‘ve been wanting to read the LaValle and the Urrea anyhow! The other two books I haven‘t heard of but I can‘t wait to find out.

It‘s almost as good as #CampLitsy23 🤪

Ruthiella Yeah, there‘s some nice crossover with our longlist. I will read Big Swiss, because I already have it out from the library, but I likely won‘t read the rest. I only have so much time to read and I‘m prioritizing our own tournament! 😃 12mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I‘m happy you do! Me too of course 😀 12mo
Cinfhen Ahhhh!! You‘re really up on the news!!! Thanks for sharing!!!! I bailed on both The Birthday Party and Big Swiss - haven‘t heard of two either, but will probably look to #BorrowNotBuy the remaining 4!! It‘s a great addition to our tournament. Very excited about these books. 12mo
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sarahbarnes Wow, thanks for sharing this! I hadn‘t seen it yet! I‘m excited about these, and have Bday Party and Big Swiss on my list already. 12mo
Hooked_on_books I‘ll have to research some of these, which I love! The only one I‘ve read is Lone Women and it exceeded my expectations. I‘d rather not read Big Swiss, but I‘ll look into the others. I‘m glad you posted this! 12mo
Deblovestoread Thanks for sharing! I have Lone Women and want to read Good Night, Irene. Not sure about Big Swiss and the bottom 3 are new to me which makes it a fun list! 12mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Why did you bail on The Birthday Party? The edition I have is super unattractive (small font, no alinea breaks) but I‘ve been hoping the story would make me forget about that 😀 12mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Thanks for the heads-up on 12mo
Cinfhen I had the Fitzcarldo edition and I couldn‘t take the pretentious writing, never ending descriptive inner monologues and narrative style. It wasn‘t for me 🤷🏼‍♀️ 12mo
squirrelbrain Ooh exciting… nearly as good as #camplitsy23! 🤣 12mo
Suet624 @Ruthiella between Booker, TOB and our Litsy camp i‘d just never get to read my own books. I decided just to read the Litsy tournament books too. (edited) 12mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 ❤️👌🏽 12mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen hmmm. Sounds tough. We‘ll see. 12mo
Cinfhen Good luck, B! You seem to be better with those novels than I am. 12mo
Ruthiella @Suet624 Exactly! We gotta keep it real. 👍 12mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I am not so sure about that! But I‘ll give it a try because of the ToB 12mo
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Soubhiville
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Huh. I‘m not entirely sure what the point of this was. It‘s a strange obsessive relationship story, with lots of hiding the truth and some bizarre personalities. I almost bailed on it several times and I don‘t feel like I would have missed out if I had. If bananapants is your genre, you‘ll like it, but look up content warnings if you need them. There‘s graphic violence and bad things happen to animals.

Soubhiville I stayed for the same sense of voyeurism Greta felt transcribing sex therapy sessions I think. 🤣 There were parts I liked, but overall it wasn‘t for me. 13mo
AmyG I can‘t bear bad things happening to animals and children. Always breaks my heart even though it‘s….not real. 13mo
Cinfhen I bailed at 55% - I just didn‘t care enough to continue - im glad you validated my decision xxx 13mo
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Soubhiville @Cinfhen I can understand why others might like it. I think if it had ended differently I would have liked it better, but I was left feeling unsatisfied. 🤷‍♀️ 13mo
Soubhiville @AmyG there were tears. I can read about that kind of thing, but I do cry pretty easily. 13mo
dabbe I've had enough bad-animal treatment in Agnes Grey to last a lifetime, so I'll stay away from this one. Thanks for the heads up! 🥰 13mo
ShelleyBooksie Awesome pic ♡♡♡ 13mo
Bklover @dabbe I dnf‘d Agnes Grey after the animal treatment. I‘ll stay away from this one too! 12mo
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BarbaraBB
Big Swiss: A Novel | Jen Beagin
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This is a mostly fun book about the lovely & lonely Greta who falls for Big Swiss, a woman she at first only knows by voice but meets later on. The conversations in the book are often hilarious (esp the transcripts of Big Swiss‘s walks with sex therapist Om), the relationship between the women is so well written, as are the circumstances under which Greta lives in an old house infested by insects. The only drawback were the (too) many storylines

Suet624 Were there too many storylines? Gosh, I guess I just remember the main one. 13mo
batsy I'm glad you liked it! Big sigh of relief 😅 13mo
sarahbarnes Yay, so glad to see you liked this since it‘s on my TBR! 😃 13mo
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Ruthiella I put this on hold at the library! 13mo
squirrelbrain Glad you enjoyed - I just got this on #netgalley. 13mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I mean the Keith one and her mother‘s suicide and the relationships with Sabine; they could have been better worked out I think, or left out. The main one (Big Swiss, Om, Greta, Luke) was good enough I think 13mo
BarbaraBB @batsy those first pages were so good. I loved Big Swiss‘s directness. I was taken in by her immediately. Greta was a bonus, she is such a great character too! 13mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB considering I hardly remember the other storylines I would say you were right. I really liked Sabine though. 13mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Yes!! Sabine is great. Such a cool person! 13mo
Megabooks There were definitely a lot of storylines, but I loved this! 13mo
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batsy
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Oh, man. I'm so JEALOUS of how Jen Beagin writes such clever lines that are consistently snort-out-loud funny without it becoming a flippant kind of farce. This is deranged, sexy, weird, & tender. I love Greta so much; I've never related more to a character. I saw someone describe Beagin as having a soft spot for the wayward soul. And oh my god, the dog & the mini donkeys were so beautifully brought to life. Top-notch #spinsterlit , I must say.

Cathythoughts Exciting review !! Stacked 👍🏻❤️ 14mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you! Maybe a Marmite book? 😁 But you'll know from the first few pages if it's something you'd like. 14mo
BarbaraBB What a recommendation! Now I feel I must read it, while until now I‘ve been stacking and unstacking it! 14mo
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youneverarrived I‘m all for spinsterlit! Brill review 🖤 14mo
Amiable Love this review!
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Tamra Laugh out loud is difficult to write! 14mo
batsy @BarbaraBB 😆 I hope it works for you if you do read it! 14mo
batsy @youneverarrived @Amiable Thank you! 💜 14mo
batsy @Tamra It is! She really pulls it off so well. 14mo
sarahbarnes Great review! This one is on my list. Glad to see you liked it! 14mo
HardcoverHearts Deranged! Great descriptor. 👌🏻 14mo
gossamerchild That cover, too 🤩🤩 14mo
batsy @sarahbarnes Thank you! I really hope you like it! 14mo
batsy @HardcoverHearts Ha! It's so unabashedly unruly in its own way and I love it. 14mo
batsy @gossamerchild It's so great! 14mo
LeahBergen What a great review! I must check this one out now. 14mo
batsy @LeahBergen Thanks, Leah! I think the humour might be something you'd enjoy 🙂 14mo
Centique Like @BarbaraBB I‘ve been stacking and unstacking this! But this is my final call - if you liked it and it‘s #spinsterlit I‘m sure I will 🙌 14mo
batsy @Centique It's a tough one to recommend! But it is the kind of book where you'll know by the initial pages if it's something for you! 14mo
BarbaraBB @Centique I already purchased a copy 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️😉 14mo
batsy @BarbaraBB 😁👌🏾 14mo
Suet624 It‘s true that it‘s a hard one to recommend. Just no idea how people will take some of it. But I loved it too. I even loved the chicken that shows up every now and again. 14mo
batsy @Suet624 Oh god, yes! All of the animals were just the best. I don't think I'll ever forget Piñon. 14mo
Rissreads This sounds bat shit crazy! Stacked! 13mo
batsy @Rissreads It's a bit off the rails, but you'll know if it's for you early on. Loved the humour! 13mo
Rissreads I think I‘ve just found my next bookclub pick. I wanted something contemporary and literary and surprising. Apparently this is being made into a HBO series with Jodie Comer. 13mo
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Suet624
Big Swiss: A Novel | Jen Beagin
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Just what I needed. A book I could not put down. A transcriptionist (which I have done a lot of) for a sex therapist (I can only imagine!!) falls for one of the therapist‘s clients. The MC is an older woman (me too), her lifestyle is a bit messy (me too!). My heart went out to her and I laughed a lot, especially the first 1/4 of the book. I enjoyed another book of hers (Vacuum in the Dark). Clearly her characters and I are simpatico.

kspenmoll Fun review! 1y
Suet624 @kspenmoll I have the biggest book hangover from this one. It's going to take me a minute to start another one. :) 1y
BarbaraBB Very tempting review! 14mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I'm actually surprised you haven't read this one yet. I thought you had. 14mo
BarbaraBB No but I will soon after your and @batsy ‘s review! 14mo
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Suet624
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If you‘re from the Boston area you‘ll love the way Beagin writes about a particular character. Her description of a Boston accent is perfect.

Hooked_on_books That‘s funny! She missed orchard, which I think would be something like awchud. 1y
Suet624 @Hooked_on_books you‘re absolutely right! But I hear it in “orchid” too. 1y
Reggie Lolol this is hilarious. 1y
Suet624 @Reggie it gets a little less funny as the book goes along and I really missed hearing more from the Boston fella but this book was fantastic. 1y
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Cinfhen
Big Swiss: A Novel | Jen Beagin
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It‘s a bail at the 60% mark. This book started out entertaining but it quickly became gimmicky and a bit too much for me. A woman who transcribes a therapist‘s sessions becomes obsessed with one of his patients. When they meet by chance, Greta the transcriber,initiates an affair with the woman she‘s named “Big Swiss”

peaKnit I finished last night…weird as hell. Lol 1y
Cinfhen @peaknit did I miss anything by bailing??? It just became SOOOOO ridiculous 1y
brittanyreads I have no interest in reading this...but what is with the cover?? I hate it so much hahah 1y
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Cinfhen I kind of dig the cover @BrittanyReads but the whole book was really 🍌👖 1y
peaKnit I would say you really didn‘t miss anything. It was an unusual story so I gave it three stars for creativity but I don‘t think I would heartily recommend it to anyone. 1y
Cinfhen Oh good @peaknit I agree, it was definitely unique but I‘m glad I bailed when I did 😉 1y
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nitalibrarian
Big Swiss: A Novel | Jen Beagin
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What a weird book. But in a really really good way. It's kind a refreshing reading a character my age (40s) who is a mess. And even though I didn't really like her, which has never stopped me from enjoying a book, I couldn't wait to read what she would do or say next. #aardvark

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Megabooks
Big Swiss: A Novel | Jen Beagin
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This was truly hilarious and a joy to read! Sometimes funny fiction falls flat for me, but Greta was a character you can root for and laugh at.

Greta transcribes the audio recordings from a local sex therapist. She becomes intrigued by a patient she calls Big Swiss. When they meet at the dog park, an attraction and affair develops. But Greta doesn‘t stop listening to Swiss‘ appointments…🫣

Great pick @AardvarkBookClub 🤩🧀

Soubhiville I‘m so glad you liked it! I‘m hoping to read it in the next month or two… 1y
Suet624 Okay, I‘ve see a bunch of great reviews but the cover always stopped me. Your review has sealed the deal. Stacked! 1y
Megabooks @Soubhiville awesome! I hope you enjoy it. 1y
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Megabooks @Suet624 enjoy!! Sometimes a cover can be a turn off. I like this one, but I can see why others don‘t. 1y
Suet624 I can‘t believe you have daffodils still. I have snowbanks. (edited) 1y
BarbaraBB Sounds a bit like a book by Marcy Dermanski! 1y
peaKnit I‘m reading it now, and Greta is a hoot! 1y
Cinfhen I‘ve been curious about this one but now I‘m hooked!! 1y
Megabooks @Suet624 they‘re pretty wilted from the hard freeze last night. Those were the last spot to bloom. Some of our others had already lost their blooms because they had already finished their natural cycle. I‘m hoping two nights of hard freeze didn‘t damage the irises, lilies, and daisies who have already broken though the ground. It was too much to cover. Weather has been wild this year!! 1y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB good comparison!! 👍🏻 are you planning to read it? 1y
Megabooks @peaknit truth! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I think you‘d enjoy it!! 1y
BarbaraBB Yes I am! 1y
Suet624 The weather sure has been hard to deal with. I hate seeing my flowers get hit with frost. And we have frost until the end of may quite often. 1y
swishandflick Woohoo! So excited to read this one 1y
AardvarkBookClub YES! So thrilled you enjoyed this one! It made us laugh so much 🤣 1y
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nitalibrarian
Big Swiss: A Novel | Jen Beagin
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Started this one today. #aardvark

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Viji
Big Swiss: A Novel | Jen Beagin
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She‘d been a listener all her life and tended to surround herself with people in love with their own voices.

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shawnmooney
Big Swiss: A Novel | Jen Beagin
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Opening paragraph

Bklover I love “ her pale blue eyes were of the penetrating cult-leader variety” 1y
Suet624 That‘s fantastic 1y
batsy @Bklover Yes, lol. What a paragraph. 1y
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