Do you have a dream so powerful that you would give up almost everything to obtain it? What if you were living in a foreign country as you pursued your dream? Read what From Left to Write bloggers have to say about Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons.
- Emily of West of the Loop talks about raising a Jewish family
- Tina from Parent Grapevine shares her parents’ story from discrimination to assimilation
- Susan from AwwwTrouble feels saudade
- Catherine from Everyday Epiphanies listens to others dream in English
- Jen of Anybody Want a Peanut? wonders about fitting in
- Cheryl from Take a Second Glantz grew up trying to look the same
- Thien-Kim of I’m Not the Nanny wishes she had a list of rules growing up
- Nicki from Suddenly Single Journey dreams in Spanish
- Cindy of We All Fall Down says her mother’s mother dreamed in Chicago
- Emily from Mama Sick longs to fit in
- Elaine of Connor and Helen Grow Up! has a public school instruction manual
- Lisa from Hannemaniacs lets others wonder who she is
- Tracy of My Crazed Family has changed herself to fit in
- Michelle from Wife and Mommy remembers being illiterate in Japan
- Cristie of The Traveling Circus feels new again shopping for groceries
- Kristine from Mommy Needs Therapy or a Bottle of Wine dreams in families
- Michele of Read Out Loud has a 94 year old love story
- Michelle from Honest & Truly is cooking up a cure
- Christina of hoeey!critic sometimes dreams
- Melissa from Life With Sophia is dreaming in Yankee
- Bay of Queen Mother Blog explains why she doesn’t speak Spanish
- Robin from My Life As It Is wonders if she’s some place perfect
- Melanie of My ATT Kids looks in the mirror
- Gayle from Everyday I Write the Book finds the novel compelling
About the book
At the outset of World War II, Jack Rosenblum, his wife Sadie, and their baby daughter escape Berlin, bound for London. They are greeted with a pamphlet instructing immigrants how to act like “the English.” Jack acquires Saville Row suits and a Jaguar. He buys his marmalade from Fortnum & Mason and learns to list the entire British monarchy back to 913 A.D. He never speaks German, apart from the occasional curse. But the one key item that would make him feel fully British -membership in a golf club-remains elusive. In post-war England, no golf club will admit a Rosenblum. Jack hatches a wild idea: he’ll build his own. It’s an obsession Sadie does not share, particularly when Jack relocates them to a thatched roof cottage in Dorset to embark on his project. She doesn’t want to forget who they are or where they come from. She wants to bake the cakes she used to serve to friends in the old country and reminisce. Now she’s stuck in an inhospitable landscape filled with unwelcoming people, watching their bank account shrink as Jack pursues his quixotic dream.
In her tender, sweetly comic debut, Natasha Solomons tells the captivating love story of a couple making a new life-and their wildest dreams-come true.
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