The Book: Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English
At the start of World War II, Jack and Sadie Rosenblum flee Berlin for London with their baby daughter, Elizabeth. Upon arrival, Jack receives a pamphlet from the German Jewish Aid Committee on how to act like a proper Englishman. He follows it to the letter—Saville Row suits, the BBC, trips to Covent Garden, a Jaguar—and it works like a charm. The Rosenblums settle into a prosperous new life.
Just one item on the list eludes him: “An Englishman must be a member of a golf course.” No golf course in England at the time will admit a Jew. But the list is now the guiding document in Jack’s life, and he must check off the final item. So he decides to build his own golf club in the Dorset countryside. For the second time, Sadie leaves a home she loves. And despite ancient customs, British snobbery, mythical beasts, and a shrinking bank account, they triumph once again.
I recently added this book to my TBR list and am REALLY looking forward to reading it!
In case I haven't convinced you that this is a great book to try, check out this charming book trailer that was created for the UK version of the book (titled Mr. Rosenblum's List):
The Cookies: Walker's Shortbread
I'm not sure which box of cookies you'll be getting but it's one of these lovelies.
The Deal: How to Enter the Contest
- Leave a comment that includes the name of your book club (if you have one), the number of members, and the US state in which you live
- Make sure I have a way to contact you if you win
- The contest runs through next Monday (11/15/10); I'll contact the winner via email on Tuesday. The winner has 24 hours to respond before I select a new winner.
- The Small Print, per the publisher: This contest is open to US residents only. A maximum of 12 books and boxes of cookies will be shipped to the winning book club.