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Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in Englishby Natasha Solomons
After escaping WWII-era Berlin for London, the Rosenblums must assimilate into proper British society. Sadie Rosenblum isn't as concerned with fitting in as her husband, preferring to hang onto and embrace her German roots. Jack Rosenblum, however, will not be swayed from attaining the perfect English life. Marmalade, a Jaguar, and correct English attire soon follow, along with Jack's ownership of a respectable carpet factory. Yet, much to his consternation, one item is just outside of his reach: membership to a golf club. Try as he might, this is one element of British society that is seemingly unattainable. So, a desperate Jack does what he must: He builds his own golf club.
Synopses & Reviews
At the outset of World War II, Jack Rosenblum and his family escape Berlin for London. Jack embraces the welcome pamphlet instructing immigrants how to act like "the English." He acquires Saville Row suits and a Jaguar. He never speaks German, apart from the occasional curse. But one key item--membership in a golf club--remains elusive. So Jack hatches a wild idea: he'll build his own.
Jack's wife, Sadie, does not share this obsession. She wants to cook her mother's recipes and remember the life they left behind. But when Jack relocates them to the country, Sadie watches their savings deplete as he pursues his quixotic dream.
In this gently surprising first novel, Natasha Solomons tells the captivating love story of a couple making a new life--and their wildest dreams--come true.
About the Author
Natasha Solomons is a screenwriter who lives in Dorset, England. Mr Rosenblum Dreams in English is her first novel and was inspired in part by her childhood spent at the cottage her own grandparents bought with restitution money from Germany. The recipes in the novel are from her grandmother's ancient cookbook. Solomons' most recent novel is the New York Times bestseller The House at Tyneford.
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