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I, Anna Paperback – June 1, 1990

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"'Marriage, divorce, sexual animosity and isolation are the subjects of this fascinating, psychological suspense story' (Library Journal) 'A brillant character study of a middle-aged woman who has lost her husband to a younger woman and her daughter to maturity' (Booklist) 'Freud would have loved this passion-hate tale of a desperate woman, a lonely dectective, and a victim who demanded more than Anna could offer' (Lucy Freeman)" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Elsa Lewin is a psychoanalyst who lives and practises in New York. I, Anna was her first novel, published by Serpent's Tail in 1990 [9781852421939]. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (June 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852421932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852421939
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,226,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I went into this story like I do nearly all books I read, knowing next to nothing about it. At Chapter 1, paragraph 2, I knew I would love it. The sentence? "S***. I'm still alive."
The character goes on to say that it would be just her luck to die and take her daughter's dirty laundry with her. Yes. This book touted as a thriller, was going to be some fun!

Anna is a person that men and women both will be able to relate to. Anyone who has lost their partner to death or divorce is going to empathize with her. Dumped after 28 years of marriage she finds herself picking up the pieces of her life and starting over.

She begins going to singles parties and goes home with a man. Things get out of control...and Anna loses her memory of the evening.

This was an incredible story that kept me guessing how it would all play out.

I highly recommend it for fans of police procedurals and mystery/thrillers.

I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
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Format: Paperback
Once I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down (I even read in traffic!). A woman, Anna --divorced and decent, but achingly lonely-- follows a stranger home after a singles party, only to fall into an unexpected nightmare. Her story intersects with that of Bernie, a police Inspector with a complicated family situation, who stumbles onto a gruesome crime scene.

What surprised me the most is the author's insightful portrayal of each character, which gave each one total credibility. I could definitely relate to many of the characters' feelings and fears, and could understand why they did what they did.

This seems to be Lewin's first book, but I have definitely checked myself into Amazon's alert system for whenever she publishes another.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book via NetGalley.
After reading the blurb I really wanted to see what this book was about.

I literally was lost the whole time. All that I finally figured out towards the end was that Anna has a tendency to black out. I was torn on if I should stop reading because I couldn't get in to it, to just trying to finish the book so I could leave a proper review.
I bit the bullet and went on ahead and finished the book.

Anna is a single mother of a teenager. Her husband left her for a younger woman and she now visits single's parties to just maybe find that one special person and pick up the pieces of her life. She is hard on herself, tries to get along with her daughter and nothing seems to be going just right. That is until she meets a guy, and blacks out. She has no recollection of what she did when she went home with George but she does remember that she left her umbrella.
When the police get involved one cop finds out who Anna is and gets close to her. But he has his own problems at home to deal with on top of finding out who killed George. Bernie has a wife who doesn't want him to be around her or their son who has a mental handicap.
It all comes around full circle and could be classified as a cop mystery. There is murder, relationships, rape, drugs, gruesomeness which I have to say I did like how George was murdered.

For me I honestly just did not get the story fully. At times I felt confused as to the story plot with all that was going on. I kept wondering what the heck was wrong with Anna. It just truly did not hold my interest. There was also some words I just didn't get. Like bread. George's son makes references to this and I literally had no clue what it meant until later on.
Another example is George says "Eat me", by this he is trying to get his penis sucked. Normally a man says "suck me" but this bothered me as he kept saying Eat me and I just couldn't wrap my head around that.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Review of I, Anna by Elsa Lewin

I really liked this rather exceptional story. The plot was always tight and flowed evenly with no distractions. The writing and story telling aspects were both charming and mysterious as if they were meant to be blended. The characters, especially Anna, were all strong and compelling, yet weak and yearning for some basic form of companionship.

This was a true mystery but is also was a good story about loneliness and despair. Anna, in pure reaction, commits a heinous crime. But she is so pure that it is possible she cannot comprehend what has happened and goes on with her bleak life. If only she can find a companion to share dinner with or someone who can hold and cherish her.

This book is guaranteed to hold your attention until the end and when you get there a surprise will await you that cannot be anticipated, even a little. This book has many levels to it and they all come off in neat layers that pull at the heart strings. Pay no attention to those who write that they do not understand this story. I need say no more.
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at a $7 per person singles party, and her life is forever changed. Not in a good way either, however, she has no memory of the brutal murder that ended this particular strangers life. The cop, Bernie, who is investigating the brutal murder, has been locked out of his own home where his brain damaged child and wife still live. If this was not enough horror, the writer tells the story of a boy, drugged, raped and murdered in an airport bathroom that Bernie’s department is now investigating. While undercover, Bernie finds himself falling for Anna, knowing well enough that she committed the murder he is investigating. Finding he can no longer hide the truth from Anna, he confesses he is a cop, and this is when Anna regains her memory. There are so many possible outcomes to this story, but what happens next is not what I would have even guessed. Rape, murder, abuse, lost souls, etc – what more could you want from a book. . . .
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