Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English (Paperback)
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 and the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford, Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English, and The Gallery of Vanished Husbands. She lives in Dorset, England, with her husband and young son.