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Wetlands—an international sensation with more than a million copies sold worldwide—has been at the center of a heated debate about feminism and sexuality since its publication last spring. Charlotte Roches controversial debut novel is the story of Helen Memel, an outspoken, sexually precocious eighteen-year-old lying in a hospital bed as she recovers from an operation. To distract herself, she ruminates on her past sexual and physical adventures in increasingly uncomfortable detail. The result is a funny, shocking, and fearlessly intimate manifesto on sex, hygiene, and the compulsion to obliterate the covenant that keeps girls clean, quiet, and nice.


In a sexually and anatomically explicit novel, Roche exposes the double bind of female sexuality, delivering a compulsively readable and fearlessly intimate manifesto on sex, hygiene, and the repercussions of family trauma.

About the Author

Thirty-year-old Charlotte Roche, born in High Wycombe but raised in Germany, has been a recognizable face in her adopted home country since she started working as a presenter on Viva, the German equivalent of MTV, in the mid-1990s. She went on to write and present programs and late-night talk shows for Arte and ZDF, and won the highly respected Grimme Prize for television in 2004.

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lisa_emily, July 29, 2010 (view all comments by lisa_emily)
If I had to select one word to describe this book it would be: yuck. There's a lot of hype surrounding this book, touting it as some sort of feminist manifesto, I would say, not really. If I were to be generous, I would agree that the novel transgresses, similar to Bataille's, Story of the Eye, with its overt and liberated sexual descriptions and its fixation with the informé- the body's secretions. However, the narrator's obsessions with her parents' reunion and her neurosis (anal and otherwise) deem her as not liberated but rather psychologically traumatized and infantilized- too bad.

The book is easy to read with jaunty approachable prose; if you like reading books that make you cringe and make you feel like you're some sort of textual voyeur- then I say, go for it.
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JillS, February 8, 2010 (view all comments by JillS)
I really wanted to like this book, especially since it made the long list for the 2010 Tournament of Books. The initial shock factor was entertaining, but fell flat after the first two chapters. The character of Helen is boring and predictable. I quickly lost interest in this book that tries incredibly hard to be increasingly disgusting with each chapter. I find it difficult to believe this book was written by a woman as the tone is more like that of a pre-teen boy.
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Roche, Charlotte
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Mohr, Tim
Mohr, Tim
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