“Okay, so let’s just get this out of the way: the main character is sexually attracted to Hitler. Yes, that Hitler.
She’s in therapy for it. The whole book is her stream-of-conscious therapy session.
It’s unwavering and darkly humorous and ruthless and gross and offensive and, somehow, beautiful. What it is, is a disconcertingly distilled meditation on society and humanity at large.
For all its obscenities, our protagonist’s most audacious act is in her refusal to be anything but uncompromisingly honest.”
In a well-appointed examination in London, a young woman unburdens herself to a certain Dr. Seligman. Though she can barely see above his head, she holds forth about her life and desires, her struggles with her sexuality and identity. Born and raised in Germany, she has been living in London for several years, determined to break free from her family origins and her haunted homeland. But the recent death of her grandfather, and an unexpected inheritance, make it clear that you cannot easily outrun your own shame, whether it be physical, familial, historical, national, or all of the above.
Or can you? With Dr. Seligman’s help, our narrator will find out.
In a monologue that is both deliciously dark and subversively funny, she takes us on a wide-ranging journey from Hitler-centered sexual fantasies and overbearing mothers to the medicinal properties of squirrel tails and the notion that anatomical changes can serve as historical reparation. The Appointment is an audacious debut novel by an explosive new international literary voice, challenging all of our notions of what is fluid and what is fixed, and the myriad ways we seek to make peace with others and ourselves in the 21st century.