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Freud's Mistress

By Karen Mack





His theories would change the world—and tear hers apart.




A page-turning novel inspired by the true-life love affair between Sigmund Freud and his sister-in-law.




It is fin-de-siècle Vienna and Minna Bernays, an overeducated lady’s companion with a sharp, wry wit, is abruptly fired, yet again, from her position. She finds herself out on the street and out of options. In 1895, the city may be aswirl with avant-garde artists and revolutionary ideas, yet a woman’s only hope for security is still marriage. But Minna is unwilling to settle. Out of desperation, she turns to her sister, Martha, for help.





Martha has her own problems—six young children and an absent, disinterested husband who happens to be Sigmund Freud. At this time, Freud is a struggling professor, all but shunned by his peers and under attack for his theories, most of which center around sexual impulses. And while Martha is shocked and repulsed by her husband’s “pornographic” work, Minna is fascinated.





Minna is everything Martha is not—intellectually curious, engaging, and passionate. She and Freud embark on what is at first simply an intellectual courtship, yet something deeper is brewing beneath the surface, something Minna cannot escape.




In this sweeping tale of love, loyalty, and betrayal—between a husband and a wife, between sisters—fact and fiction seamlessly blend together, creating a compelling portrait of an unforgettable woman and her struggle to reconcile her love for her sister with her obsessive desire for her sister’s husband, the mythic father of psychoanalysis.







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2013

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9780399163074


Format: Book
Author: Mack, Karen
Summary: A tale inspired by the affair between Sigmund Freud and his sister-in-law depicts the struggles of Minna Bernays, an educated woman uninterested in conventional women's roles who becomes fascinated with her brother-in-law's pioneering theories.
Title: Freud's mistress / Karen Mack & Jennifer Kaufman.
Publisher Date: New York : G. P. Putnams Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2013]
Subject: Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939 -- Fiction. Psychoanalysts -- Fiction Austria -- Fiction
Isbn: 9780399163074 (hc.) 0399163077 (hc.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 4
Call Number: F Mack
Oclc: 818953722
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Bib Id: 441631

Format: Book
Author: Mack, Karen
Summary: A tale inspired by the affair between Sigmund Freud and his sister-in-law depicts the struggles of Minna Bernays, an educated woman uninterested in conventional women's roles who becomes fascinated with her brother-in-law's pioneering theories.
Title: Freud's mistress / Karen Mack & Jennifer Kaufman.
Publisher, Date: New York : G. P. Putnams Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2013]
Description: 357 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939 -- Fiction.
Subjects: Psychoanalysts -- Fiction
Subjects: Austria -- Fiction
Other Author: Kaufman, Jennifer
Notes: "Amy Einhorn Books."
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages [355]-357).
LCCN: 2013004036
ISBN: 9780399163074 (hc.)
ISBN: 0399163077 (hc.)
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 4
Call Number: F Mack