In a 1932 novel by Johanna Böhm, Das Haus der alleinstehenden Frauen (The
House of Single Women), the familiar association of women with domesticity
goes terribly wrong.1 The protagonist is a lesbian architect who builds a home
for single, independent women with disastrous consequences. Lonely, bitter
residents are driven to suicide, madness, murder, and into each others’ arms
in what the author portrays as an uncanny house of horrors.