yourself a glass of tea with lemon, cut a slice of cheesecake, and settle down
with Renata Singer's 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.
Renata Singer was born
in Walbrzych, Poland and spent her formative years in Melbourne.
She has lived and worked in many countries: teaching in Oxfordshire and New
Jersey, developing anti-racist programs in Sydney, researching wells and water
in Tigray, Ethiopa.
As well as many articles, reviews, and stories, her publications include the
books Goodbye and Hello (with Susie Orzech) in 1985, and True Stories from
the Land of Divorce (with Nelly Zola) in 1995.
The Front of the Family is her first novel. Renata Singer lives in New York