We witness the sexual routine of Elizabeth Kiehl, our protagonist, in all its minutiae: her love of fellatio; her visits to prostitutes together with husband Georg in order to keep their relationship alive; and -- most candidly -- her preference for dressing him in old men′s clothes because of her self-diagnosed ′father fixation′.
Behind such banal titillation is great sadness. Midway through one of her weekly therapy sessions, Kiehl takes us back to a period a decade earlier, when she was eagerly anticipating her wedding in England, her birthplace. Arriving at the airport in London, Elizabeth′s father calls to tell her that her mother and three younger brothers have been involved in a high-speed pile-up on the Autobahn, the latter three left dead. It emerges that the crash was so brutal that there were no physical remains of her three siblings found.
And so Elizabeth Kiehl′s past and present continue side-by-side as she heads towards psychological collapse.
About the Author
Charlotte Roche was born in 1978 in High Wycombe, but was brought up and lives in Germany. She has been a highly respected presenter on the German equivalent of MTV. This is her second novel.
'Roche definitely knows how to write an opening scene ... We should celebrate a writer like Roche, whose voice is defiantly, shamelessly her own.' Guardian 'Even if, more recently, the erotic canon had not been diverted by the "mommy-porn" of Fifty Shades of Grey and its imitators ... Roche puts dynamite under that new genre. '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.' FT 'A condemning commentary on the unrealistic and damaging pressures placed on women as wives and mothers. Roche's writing is as compelling and complex as it is salacious and explicit, expertly dissecting the basis of relationships to show that traditional ideals have no place in the modern marriage. This thought-provoking, original novel highlights the urgent need to liberate women from the shackles of gender stereotyping.' Independent 'Roche's potentially groundbreaking expansion of female subjectivity in fiction ... Although the content may trouble many readers, Roche's particularly explicit brand of Molly Bloom-esque, serpentine inner monologue is worth a read.' Publishers Weekly 'There are things in this book that could even spark a new sexual revolution.' Stern 'With merciless precision Roche depicts shock, pain, lust, empathy, and her revenge fantasies and suicide plans ... A startlingly radical striptease of the soul.' Focus
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 1st May 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.5 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.43