Random House

Meet Jill Alexander Essbaum, whose entrance novel is out Tuesday

To counterfeit Leo Tolstoy: All happy novels are alike; any unfortunate novel is unfortunate in a possess way. Unless that novel is Hausfrau. Jill Alexander Essbaum’s decidedly unfortunate entrance novel has already been compared to a far-reaching operation of other books, from a classics (Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina) to contemporary best-sellers (Fifty Shades of Grey and Gone Girl) — and she doesn’t mind a comparison.