From Publishers Weekly
Screenwriter Solomons's debut novel is the pleasant, ripped-from-the-family-archives story of German exile Jack Rosenblum and his unlikely postwar quest to build a golf course in the Dorset countryside. Fresh off the boat and with a Helpful Information and Friendly Guidance for Every Refugee pamphlet in hand, Jack dives passionately into assimilation, starting a booming carpet business, buying his suits at Henry Poole and his hats at Lock of St. James, and avoiding his native tongue at all costs. And while he can afford golf clubs at Harrod's, he can't check off the last item on his list: join a golf club. On impulse, he buys a damp acreage and embarks on the final leg of his assimilation. Meanwhile, his wife, Sadie, obsesses over the past, churning out Baumtortes
and other confections. It's undeniably winsome, and while the pace is lackadaisical at best, the details of postwar Britain are nicely observed, and the narrative offers a sweet perspective on some very heavily traveled turf. (June)
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“Adams who is also the CEO of Bee Audio, narrates a bittersweet, comic love story filled with World War II nostalgia.”
(The Times (London)
“This is a stunning book, with setting, scenes, and dialogue all artfully managed.”
—Jewish Book World
“A beguiling debut novel sure to appeal to the legion of fans of novels like Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’s The Guernsey Literary and Potat Peel Society.”
—Library Journal [starred review]
“Prepare to be seriously charmed. . . . Hilarious and touching.”
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—The Times (London)