It is fin-de-siècle Vienna and Minna Bernays,
an overeducated lady’s companion with a sharp, wry wit, is abruptly fired, yet
again, from her position. She finds herself out on the street and out of
options. In 1895, the city may be aswirl with avant-garde artists and
revolutionary ideas, yet a woman’s only hope for security is still marriage.
But Minna is unwilling to settle. Out of desperation, she turns to her sister,
Martha, for help.
Martha has her own problems, six young children
and an absent, disinterested husband who happens to be Sigmund Freud. At this
time, Freud is a struggling professor, all but shunned by his peers and under
attack for his theories, most of which center around sexual impulses. And while
Martha is shocked and repulsed by her husband’s “pornographic” work, Minna is
Minna is everything Martha is not, intellectually
curious, engaging, and passionate. She and Freud embark on what is at first
simply an intellectual courtship, yet something deeper is brewing beneath the
surface, something Minna cannot escape.
In this sweeping tale of love, loyalty, and
betrayal, between a husband and a wife, between sisters, fact and fiction
seamlessly blend together, creating a compelling portrait of an unforgettable
woman and her struggle to reconcile her love for her sister with her obsessive
desire for her sister’s husband, the mythic father of psychoanalysis. Download and start listening now!