Here Comes Mrs. Kugelman by Minka Pradelski
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...one part spry farce, one part moving meditation, and a book that keeps the reader enthralled by that somewhat quaint yet still supremely effective narrative approach, tale-telling.
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Here Comes Mrs. Kugelman is Minka Pradelski's enchanting novel of listening and telling, of the silence between Holocaust survivors and their children, and of the power of stories to mend broken bonds
When feisty young Tsippy Silberberg of the curious eating habits receives word from Tel Aviv that a distant aunt has left her a mysterious inheritance—an incomplete fish service in a battered brown suitcase—she decides to break her rigid routine and go collect it in person. But before she is even able to settle into her hotel room, an odd old woman bangs on her door and invites herself in. Her name is Bella Kugelman, and she is determined to talk.
And talk she does, with wondrous effect. Soon the room is filled with people—residents of the Polish town of Bedzin before the war, who now live on, if only in Mrs. Kugelman's stories. Flirtatious girls and sly shopkeepers, rich industrialists and a family so poor that their necks are bent over from looking for coins—in tale after tale, a town magically returns to life, even as its grim future looms darkly. And under the thrall of Mrs. Kugelman's words, Tsippy finally pieces together her aunt's strange bequest, as well as her own place in the story unfolding before her.

 

About Minka Pradelski

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Sociologist and documentary filmmaker Minka Pradelski has spent decades exploring the psychological effects of the Holocaust on survivors—such as her own parents—and their children. An honorary member of Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, she lives in Frankfurt, Germany. This is her first novel.
 
Published July 9, 2013 by Metropolitan Books. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Aug 30 2013

How Tsippy discovers her own ties to this lost town will come as a charming surprise. American readers, Jews or non-Jews, will find that Bedzin belongs to them, as well.

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on Jun 09 2013

A melancholy yet life-affirming story from the ashes of the Holocaust.

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Reviewed by Malcom Forbes on Jul 06 2013

...one part spry farce, one part moving meditation, and a book that keeps the reader enthralled by that somewhat quaint yet still supremely effective narrative approach, tale-telling.

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