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The Copenhagen Affair
Set in the capital city of the world’s happiest country, a comedy of manners about depression, the pressures of marriage, and the possibility of falling in love again, from the bestselling author of A House for Happy Mothers.
Sanya was always the perfect wife, but after a breakdown at her office, it’s her husband Harry’s turn to step up. His proposal? A temporary move to Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city. He needs to be there to close a business deal and figures the change of scenery will do her good. Soon Sanya goes from hiding under her duvet to hiding in plain sight—a dark-skinned Indian American in a city of blondes.
Within Copenhagen’s glamorous high society, one man stands out—not only because of his intriguing scar but because he sees Sanya in a way Harry hasn’t for years. Anders Ravn owns the company Harry wants to acquire, and soon Sanya begins to fall for him. As allegations of white-collar crime arise, she learns of Harry’s infidelity, and having an affair with Ravn seems ever more tempting. Surrounded by old money, smoked fish on dark breads, and way too many bicycles, Sanya slowly moves from breakdown to breakthrough, but where will she end up—and with whom?
“[Sanya] is a complicated character readers will enjoy getting to know; they’ll cheer as she throws off the strictures of the corporate world and defies her peers’ rich, expat, ladies-who-lunch expectations…Malladi’s latest (after A House for Happy Mothers) is an enjoyable look at middle-aged reinvention. VERDICT For readers who enjoy a complex heroine who’s fed up and doesn’t mind saying so.” —Library Journal
“The Copenhagen Affair balances the gravity of personal transformation with an entertaining romp through Denmark.” —Booklist
“A sharp comedy of manners and mental illness.” —New York Post
“Compulsively readable, The Copenhagen Affair had me turning pages well into the wee hours. The story of Sanya’s unraveling is familiar to anyone who has ever felt the overbearing weight of depression, but how she heals from her downward spiral is anything but ordinary. From gossipy coffee shops to gritty blues clubs to the dining rooms of the Danish elite, Sanya’s impulsive, exciting, [and] often humorous journey through the colorful streets of Copenhagen is full of surprises. I could not put the book down!” —Loretta Nyhan, author of All the Good Parts
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