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Thought-provoking and explicit, Wrecked is a raw and taboo-breaking novel of sex and death that explores every detail of a submissive marriage
978-0-8021-2112-7 • $15.00 • Paperback • May 2013
“There are things in this book that could even spark a new sexual revolution.” Stern
Charlotte Roche is one of Europe’s best known and most popular novelists. Her controversial first novel, Wetlands, was an international phenomenon, selling over two million copies in twenty-eight different territories. The New York Times called Wetlands “a cri de coeur against the oppression of a waxed, shaved, douched and otherwise sanitized women’s world,” and other reviewers raved about Roche’s frankness about the female body. Roche’s second novel, Wrecked, is just as raw and powerful as her debut, but is a more mature work that deals with sex, death, fidelity, and the question of what is expected from a twenty-first century wife and mother.
“It’s easier to give a blow job than to make coffee.” That’s what Elizabeth Kiehl, mother of seven-year-old Liza, thinks to herself, after a particularly lengthy and inventive bout of sex with her husband Georg, recounted in detail over the book’s first sixteen pages. Elizabeth goes to great efforts to pleasure her husband in the bedroom, and to be a thoughtful and caring mother. But her perfect mother and wife act hides a painful past and a tragic rift in her psyche the result of a terrible car accident in which her brothers and mother were involved. As a result, Elizabeth’s relationship with Georg is rather unusual: most husbands and wives wouldn’t watch porn together, or go off on joint trips to a local brothel for threesomes with prostitutes while their daughter is at school. A raw, explicit novel from one of Europe’s most controversial voices, Wrecked is literary erotica with a kick.