The Copenhagen Affair Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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 Anders 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?
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 54 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||September 26 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #180,883 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,561 in Humorous Fiction & Satire
#2,768 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
#5,995 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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Sanya has a husband, a daughter and a beautiful life in California. When she has a nervous breakdown, her husband, Harry, suggests a change of scenery and the two of them embark on a new life in Copenhagen. With the gorgeous country of Denmark as the backdrop, Sanya rebuilds her life after the breakdown, and tries to establish her new identity. When she meets Anders Ravn, a business associate of her husband’s, she starts to question if her relationship with Harry is the one she truly wants. When a white-collar crime accusation comes to light, along with admissions from Harry about his infidelity, Sanya begins to see a life after her breakdown and begins to make decisions for herself.
“The Copenhagen Affair” by Amulya Malladi tells an honest, upfront tale of a marriage struggling in a modern world. This seems to be a common genre these days but this one has the advantage of telling this tale with the glorious backdrop of Copenhagen. Infidelity, illegal business dealings, and rebuilding oneself while dealing with a mental health crisis are themes, supported by straightforward and well-developed characters. This novel has a lot of characters that take some time to sort through, as well as a lot of formal business speak that may be confusing for most (it was for me!). The story tells of Sanya and Harry of course, but there is also Ravn and his wife Mandy, their children and two other business partners- Mark and Penny. Throw in Sanya’s hometown best friend Alec and Harry’s business partner, Lucky, and there is a large cast of characters of relatively the same background (rich, exotic, spoiled and sheltered) however each does have a different personality that shines through during different times in the novel. Overall, this novel’s gorgeous setting earned it extra points, as well as being able to be a first-hand witness to live in Denmark. The heavy business speak and large cast of similar characters made it less enjoyable, although Sanya and her challenges were real and honest. Infidelity is rampant through this novel (with every couple), and although apparently “that’s how it’s done in Denmark” is given as the reason, it soured with me (I am not an expert on marriage, obviously, but does anyone stay loyal anymore?). I read this novel through to the end, and was never tempted to stop reading, so it obviously held my interest enough to keep me engaged. This novel is for those who dream of getting away from their lives, thinking it will change their relationships or their viewpoints on life. It reeks of truth and the many facets of humanity and marriage. Definitely a novel to explore if you are interested in traveling without leaving your house!
I've been a fan of Amulya Malladi's since I devoured A HOUSE FOR HAPPY MOTHERS, and subsequently her back- list of books. This intricate novel is among my favorites by her. I was enamored by the setting- beautiful Copenhagen, Denmark, a place that I have had the pleasure of visiting myself. This book is, in part, Malladi's love story to a city that she loves, which is evident in her colorful descriptions.
This is the story of Sanya, a wife and a mother who one day implodes when she is offered a hard-earned partnership at her firm while she is living in the States. She starts crying and is unable to stop, and several months later husband Harry, largely absent in Sanya's life until this time, takes her to Denmark with him while he attempts to acquire a new company.
Sanya, barely able to get out of bed, agrees to the move and finds herself benefiting from the move in ways that she couldn't imagine. Meeting handsome and devilish Ravn awakens Sanya once again to the potential within her own life, and she embarks on a rich emotional journey centered around finding herself.
While this novel is based largely around various marital affairs, and around how no one truly remains faithful in modern times (or do they?), this novel was a rich portrayal of being true to yourself even in uncertain times. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and this is one of my favorites by Malladi to date. The scenery was breathtaking, the theme thought-provoking, and the conclusion open-ended yet somehow satisfying. I can't recommend this novel highly enough!
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When you like an author because of the country she normally writes about - in this case India - it's always risky that you're going to be disappointed when she puts that familiar country to one side and writes about a place as different as Denmark. In the last of AM's books that I read (A Breath of Fresh Air) she gave us a woman terrified that her divorce might become public knowledge and destroy her career. In 'The Copenhagen Affair' she's giving us women calmly propositioning men for affairs and weighing up the pros and cons of adultery. It just didn't work for me at all.
The characters are mostly very unlikable - obsessed as they seem to be with wearing the right brands from the right shops, eating in Michelin starred restaurants and having affairs. Even our heroine, Sanya, a recovering depressive who's just had a monumental break-down, isn't very interesting or easy to care about.
The name-dropping, brand-dropping, shallow relationships and adventures of the ladies that lunch in Copenhagen made for a disappointing read. Amulya Malladi can do so much better than this posh-chick-lit and I hope she goes back to what she's good at. A gazillion second-rate writers can churn out this sort of thing so please leave it to them and write books that challenge their readers more than this one.