Freud's Mistress by Karen Mack

72%

6 Critic Reviews

Readers with an interest in the private life of Sigmund Freud may find the book of interest.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

“A thrilling story of seduction, betrayal, and loss, Freud’s Mistress will titillate fans of Memoirs of a Geisha and The Other Boleyn Girl.”—Booklist

In fin-de-siècle Vienna, it was not easy for a woman to find fulfillment both intellectually and sexually.

But many believe that Minna Bernays was able to find both with one man—her brother-in-law, Sigmund Freud.

At once a portrait of two sisters—the rebellious, independent Minna and her inhibited sister, Martha—and of the compelling and controversial doctor who would be revered as one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers, Freud’s Mistress is a novel rich with passion and historical detail and “a portrait of forbidden desire [with] a thought-provoking central question: How far are you willing to go to be happy?”*

*Publishers Weekly
 

About Karen Mack

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Karen Mack, a former attorney, is a Golden Globe award-winning film and television producer. Jennifer Kaufman is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and a two-time winner of the national Penney-Missouri Journalism Award. They both reside in Los Angeles and this is their third novel. Their first novel, Literacy and Longing in L.A. was on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list for 15 weeks reaching #1 and won the Best Fiction Award from the Southern California Bookseller’s Association. Their second novel, A Version of the Truth, was also on the L.A. Times bestseller list.
 
Published July 9, 2013 by Berkley. 369 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Apr 13 2013

Readers with an interest in the private life of Sigmund Freud may find the book of interest.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on May 13 2013

Minna grapples with the “burden of betrayal” and Sigmund’s cunning rationalizations while trying to answer this novel’s clichéd but nonetheless thought-provoking central question: how far are you willing to go to be happy?

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USA Today

Above average
Reviewed by Olivia Barker on Jul 11 2013

...for those with little time (or inclination) to pore through his Collected Works, Freud's Mistress offers a pop primer on, for instance, the psychosexual roots of neurosis, the Oedipus complex and the id, ego and superego.

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Huffington Post

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Reviewed by Liz Smith on Jun 17 2013

Once I started reading I didn't stop until forced by circumstance and within 48 hours I'd managed to read the whole book without ever looking to see who wrote it. I was busy thinking what a wow of a novel it would be to give away to my psychiatric-minded friends...

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The Boston Globe

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Reviewed by Diane White on Jul 29 2013

...there is something missing at the heart of the story. Freud, the novel’s raison d’etre, is little more than a cliché cad in this fictional incarnation.

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Broken Teepee

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on Jun 25 2013

Did it make a good story? Yes, especially in the hands of this (these) author(s). The reader just need remember that it IS historical FICTION.

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