Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English

A Novel
By Natasha Solomons (Trade Paperback, 2011)
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.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $14.00 US

    • ISBN-13: 9780316077590

    • On Sale Date: 06/10/2011

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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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.

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.
  • "The plot has a happy fairy-tale quality about it, but the details are grimly realistic.  Natasha Solomons, who has based her novel on the experience of her grandparents, tells their story with humor and compassion." (Boston Globe).

  • "The book contains a series of distinct parts that come together to create something beautiful...The setting also takes on a life of its own as Solomons...paints detailed descriptions...It's a portrait tinged with nostalgia for a lovely, simple place where an exile can finally find home." (The Onion's A.V. Club).

  • "Evocative...a beguiling debut novel." (Library Journal (Starred Review)).

  • "Pleasant...undeniably winsome...the details of postwar Britain are nicely observed, and the narrative offers a sweet perspective on some very heavily traveled turf." (Publishers Weekly).

  • "An utterly charming and very funny fable of Jack Rosenblum's struggle to be accepted as an Englishman - displaying all the most English qualities of eccentricity and heroic courage to achieve his aim." (Author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen).

  • "The descriptions of England - as friend, adversary and eventually home - are exquisite. Jack Rosenblum, a foolish, deeply sympathetic protagonist, is exasperating and admirable in equal measure. A touching, surprising and satisfying read." (Author of The Outcast and Small Wars).

  • (Library Journal).

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Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $14.00 US
  • Pages: 384
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316077590
  • On Sale Date: 06/10/2011
Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English

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