IN THE KING’S ARMS
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"BEGUILING ... elegant and astringent" -- The New York Times
NOMINATED FOR THE SAMI ROHR PRIZE IN FICTION BY THE JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL
"Along the way, I thought often of Evelyn Waugh --- the smart talk, the fey Brits, country houses, good clothes, lineage for centuries. And I thought how, as the decades rush by, Waugh increasingly seems to me as remote as…oh, Thomas Hardy.... What Sonia Taitz has done is, therefore, very appealing. She’s created a young, attractive, brilliant Jewish graduate student from New York’s Lower East Side -- the daughter of Holocaust survivors, even -- and, in 1975, tossed her into the rarified world of Waugh. This is no Philip Roth Jew who believes the goyim are, if not actually dumb, less bright: 'She loved the strength of Renaissance brass, and the moody words ‘heath’ and ‘moor.’....And now we’re thrust into a love story, rich in complications, richer in echoes like her parents in the Nazi camps, Lily is out of her element. Happily, Taitz has a light touch; there’s no ponderous organ music underneath these moments, they’re just markers, sign posts of the distance traveled."
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
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NYT Best-Selling Novelist/BOSTON GLOBE Critic Caroline Leavitt
Legendary Editor/Novelist Betsy Carter
The Jewish Book Council's JEWISH BOOK WORLD
IN THE KING'S ARMS (2011) is a lyrical, romantic novel about the headstrong American daughter of Holocaust survivors. Seeking relief from their traumatized world, she escapes to Oxford, where she is smitten by the son of an anti-Semitic family. Amidst the drama lies a sense of magic, and healing possibility of love.
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Praise for IN THE KING'S ARMS:
"beguiling ...Taitz zigzags among her culturally disparate characters, zooming in on their foibles with elegance and astringency."
-The New York Times Book Review
"A witty, literate, and heartfelt story, filled with engaging characters and relationships,"
-Jewish Book World
, the magazine of the Jewish Book Council
"In the PROVINCE of GIFTED POETS, PLAYWRIGHTS and NOVELISTS," -ForeWord Reviews
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Published by William Morrow and Berkley Press, and in foreign editions
Praised by PEOPLE Magazine
Featured on the "Today" Show, CNN, and NPR
O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE: "One of the Best Things Ever Said" on Motherhood
Quoted by PBS in documentary film, "The Mystery of Love," narrated by Anna Deveare Smith
The book looks at the infinite variety of supposed “experts” on child-rearing, products mothers are cautioned to buy, and advances they are urged to apply to their children (such as teaching them Latin or Mandarin in utero
, or training them to be gymnasts before that first crucial year has passed). Sonia Taitz reassures mothers that they are the best experts on their children, and that the intimacy born of closeness is better than any “Mommy and Me” class or flash-card drill.
To be re-issued as an e-book; AUTHORS GUILD edition available 2014.