Solomon the Accountant Paperback – January 25, 2018
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- Publisher : Living Parables of Central Florida, Inc. (January 25, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 162 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1945975725
- ISBN-13 : 978-1945975721
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.37 x 9 inches
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There is the parallel love story of Solomon's best friend Herman and his long-time girlfriend, Deborah. They've been taking things a bit "too far" and neither wants to risk an unintended pregnancy. Eventually both stories intertwine in a very pleasant way. At times, I laughed with the Yiddish/Jewish humor--like feeding someone beyond the stuffing point or telling Solomon he'd have to stand the entire Yom Kippur service for "lusting" after a new widow, but other times I felt somewhat sad because the close-knit community of friends with whom I was raised through all of their same childhood bonds, are now scattered across the country--far away from our hometown of Buffalo, New York. The feelings of friendship, love, loss and family cross all cultural and religious lines. In 1999, my husband, a Sicilian who chose to be a nice Jewish boy, asked my father for my hand in marriage--so not all is lost.
*** Thanks to NetGalley for a complimentary copy of this book. My review is voluntary.
Solomon the Accountant is a delicious story about loss, grief and the capacity to love, even at first sight. Solomon falls in love with the newly widowed Molly at her husband’s funeral. Solomon, at the funeral home to tackle an accounting problem in the office, realizes that the newly deceased was around the same age as himself, so decides to pay his respects. Upon seeing the grieving widow’s beauty, falls in love at first sight. That is the crux of the story but we also have Solomon’s two friends, Herman and Deborah who have been dating a while. Deborah wants to get married yesterday but Herman? Meh, maybe some day.
In between the two stories is laugh out loud dialogue between parents, family and kibitzing amongst themselves with a Jewish inflection in speech that reminds me of my aunt and uncle who both spoke with an Yiddish accent and mangled the English language. Standing at the bottom of the steps, my uncle once shouted up to my aunt: “Anna, throw me down the stairs my hat.”
Written with humor, pathos and understanding of the human heart, Solomon the Accountant is a gem.
This was a real period romance, written by an author who I suspect is a genuine romantic himself. If this is the sort of story that appeals to you, I highly recommend it. I loved it.
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And in all honesty, I did love it. Nu, what's not to enjoy?
As an aside, I was raised in an Orthodox Jewish community (and haven’t participated in it since I was 13), and one nice thing about the book is that it felt authentic to me. I don’t have much experience with the Conservative community, but it seems like they’re relaxed and have fun with life.
Cleveland Jewish News
Solomon the Accountant is a tender love story set in Toledo, Ohio, in the 1950s. Solomon is a rather nebbishy fellow who falls in love with the beautiful, newly widowed Molly. He is painfully aware of her recent loss, yet she becomes the focal point of his life. He hopes that someday - regardless of how long he has to wait - the broken wings of her spirit will mend and she will soar toward a new future with him.
While Solomon wrestles with his feelings for Molly, she is dealing with her own emotional issues. Facing life after the death of her beloved husband less than a year after they stood under the chupah (wedding canopy) seems almost incomprehensible to the young widow.
In addition to portraying a touching love story, the author beautifully recreates a bygone era - a time when a silk tie cost $1.60, a "comfortable house in a good neighborhood" could be purchased for $12,000, and nice Jewish boys still nervously asked the father for his daughter's hand in marriage.
Krauss, a writer and professional mediator, probes gently into the emotional psyche, exploring with clarity the crushing loss of death, the tenuous struggles to begin anew, the joys and complications of relationships, and the wonder of newfound love.
A surprisingly poignant book.