Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English (Paperback)

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June 2011 Indie Next List

“In fun and bittersweet bites, this debut comic novel follows a German couple who emigrate to England during World War II, where they set about becoming quintessentially English, with all the trappings: orange marmalade, thatched cottage, golf club, and other the bits and bobs. It's a delightful diversion for all Anglophiles!”
— Mark David Bradshaw, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316077590
ISBN-10: 0316077593
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
Publication Date: June 10th, 2011
Pages: 357
Language: English