Wrecked

Charlotte Roche

Wrecked

. "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 twenty pages. Elizabeth goes to great efforts to pleasure her husband in the bedroom, and also is an extremely thoughtful and caring mother to her daughter. But the perfect mother and wife act she puts on hides a painful past and a tragic rift in her psyche, which she is working through in weekly sessions with her therapist. Sex is the other tool that she uses to relax herself. Elizabeth and Georg watch porn together, and even go off on joint trips to a local brothel for threesomes with prostitutes while their daughter is at school. But is their relationship unhealthy, even tragic, or just a very modern marriage? 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
Wrecked

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction
Format Hardcover
Pages 300
RRP
Date of Publication May 2013
ISBN 978-0007478767
Publisher Fourth Estate
 

. "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 twenty pages. Elizabeth goes to great efforts to pleasure her husband in the bedroom, and also is an extremely thoughtful and caring mother to her daughter. But the perfect mother and wife act she puts on hides a painful past and a tragic rift in her psyche, which she is working through in weekly sessions with her therapist. Sex is the other tool that she uses to relax herself. Elizabeth and Georg watch porn together, and even go off on joint trips to a local brothel for threesomes with prostitutes while their daughter is at school. But is their relationship unhealthy, even tragic, or just a very modern marriage?

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Reviews

The Guardian

Alice O'Keeffe

Fifty Shades of Grey fans hoping for a hearty bonkbuster will be disappointed, or at least confused. Sex is the bait with which Roche lures us into a dark and psychologically complex novel that addresses some difficult themes: the shortcomings of the women's movement; the psychological consequences of familial breakdown and bereavement; the pressures of being a mother in this bewildering, hyper-self-conscious age.

08/05/2013

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The Financial Times

Beatrice Hodgkin

As Elizabeth fellates her husband there comes a nostril-flaring metaphor: “It smells the way my grandmother’s kitchen used to after she’d sautéed fish.” Erotic clichés are switched for domestic ones. Such juxtaposition undermines the X-rated content, yet heightens the shock factor. It’s uncomfortable, awkward – darkly funny, even – and testing; this is nothing so parochial as titillation … What becomes clear is that Elizabeth’s mind is unhinged, which in some ways is a shame to discover – it creates separation from one’s empathy for the character. Nevertheless, Wrecked is likely to become a cult classic, American Psycho by way of Catherine Millet, as Roche places domestic sex at the forefront of contemporary erotic literature.

03/05/2013

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