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Pour yourself a glass of tea with lemon, cut a slice of cheesecake, and settle down with this funny, warm, angst-ridden novel. Share the tea and cake with a group of Polish-Jewish eccentrics, and see if you can get them to say what really happened in Poland during the war.
Advise Miriam on the wisdom of digging into the past. Wag your finger at her younger sister Felunia as she kvetches about her solid worthy husband and thinks about a more exciting sex life. Scream at them when they ignore your advice. In the end they may tell you more about how to handle relationships than you can tell them.
If you want to read about love, war, family, fidelity, intimacy and how to stop getting those flabby bits under your arms, "The Front of the Family" is just the book for you.
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Renata Singer was born in Walbrzych, Poland and spent her formative years in Melbourne, Australia. As well as articles, reviews and stories her publications include the books "Goodbye and Hullo" (with Susie Orzech) AE Press 1985, and "True Stories From The Land of Divorce" (with Nelly Zola) Pam Macmillan 1995. "The Front of the Family" is her first novel. Renata currently lives in New York and Melbourne with her husband Peter Singer, with whom she has three daughters.Review:
If you're a Polish Jew you need this book. And if you're a woman you need it too. -- The Weekend Australian Newspaper, March 24/25,2001
a classy read. not another retelling of the Holocaust story but an analysis of how to handle such a past. -- The Age Newspaper, April 7, 2001
portrays the incredible complexity of human relations with all their joys and attendant cruelties and imperfections.... entertaining... a good read -- Australian Book Review Magazine, April, 2001.
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Book Description Bruce Sims Books, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0957780044