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Naoise Dolan: ‘Big Swiss’, 19 October 2023

Big Swiss 
by Jen Beagin.
Faber, 325 pp., £16.99, May, 978 0 571 37855 5
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... Greta,​ the narrator of Jen Beagin’s third novel, Big Swiss, is a 45-year-old American woman who lives in Hudson, New York. She has slightly deranged ideas about Europe. She’s convinced, for instance, that multilingualism is something Europeans achieve in order to make Americans feel bad. She also maintains that Europeans can be divided neatly into two categories: the ‘classy’ and the ‘trashy ...

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