Caught in a time warp, Jack and Sadie Rosenblum and their infant daughter Elizabeth leave Berlin and immigrate to London. Arriving at Harwich in 1937, Jack is given a pamphlet on how to assimilate into English society. He notes that invisibility will protect him and Sadie and Elizabeth and immediately primes himself to become a Jewish-English proper gentleman. The pamphlet becomes his god and his mantra, and he continuously adds to its contents as he experiences adversity.
Funny and poignant, we almost feel that we are stepping into E. Annnie Proulx in The Shipping News. A story set against the milieu of immigrants, dreams and sheer determination, Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English sweeps us into 1940’s England, with a 5’3” man who dares to dare. Ironically, Jack stands out because he is not only Jewish but different, and it is Sadie who falls into the sorrow of invisibility.
The integration of the Rose-in-Blooms into Dorset proves both comical and heart rending. A coming of age novel, a novel of assimilation, a novel of huge dreams and strange Dorset myths, Jack becomes the Uber Man and Sadie his Madonna. Sweeping and poignant, Jack Rosenblum stands alone as heroic and unstoppable, like Molly Brown, and the story blooms as vividly as Sadie’s rosebushes and challah. An absolutely marvelous novel, with writing that spare no amount of talent on Ms. Solomons’ part. Exquisite.
Ratings are based on a 5-star scale
Review by Broad “A” – Ava
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