Freud's Mistress

Freud’s Mistress

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780425270028
  • 384 Pages
  • Berkley
  • Adult


“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


“If you liked Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, you’ll love Freud’s Mistress.”—Katie Couric

“It’s a fascinating story told in an utterly compelling fashion. . . . A wonderful, engaging, and bittersweet novel. I absolutely loved it.”—Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

“Delicious . . . Will enthrall readers.”—People (4 stars)

“Absorbing and provocative . . . A great read . . . I’ve been recommending it to friends.”—Erica Jong, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Book groups looking for a great selection? Look no more! This is Sigmund Freud like we’ve never known him. Insecure, passionate, even sexy. Who knew?”—Esmeralda Santiago, New York Times bestselling author of Conquistadora

“It is almost impossible to pass up a novel inspired by Sigmund Freud’s rumored affair with his sister-in-law. This is a story that will appeal to the Pleasure Principle of many a reader.”—Whitney Otto, author of Eight Girls Taking Pictures and How to Make an American Quilt

“A compelling story . . . Vividly creates not just the world in which Freud and Minna and Martha lived, but the inner life and emotions of Minna as well.”—Orange County Register

“An intriguing, illuminating, and wholly engrossing account of the affair between Sigmund Freud and his headstrong, intelligent sister-in-law, Minna Bernays. Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman render fin-de-siècle Vienna and the Freud household so vividly one can almost smell the coal fires and cigar smoke.”—Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

“What a wow of a novel . . . Irresistible.”—Liz Smith