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Chuzpe: Roman (insel taschenbuch) (edition 2011)

by Lily Brett, Melanie Walz (Übersetzer)

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Title:Chuzpe: Roman (insel taschenbuch)
Authors:Lily Brett
Other authors:Melanie Walz (Übersetzer)
Info:Insel Verlag (2011), Ausgabe: 2, Taschenbuch, 333 Seiten
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A fun easy read. ( )
  lberriman | Mar 5, 2011 |
Not this cover but I like it!
An amusing, light and slightly implausible story of 2 immigrant women and a 90 odd yr old man succeeding at setting up an unusual restaurant in New York and making their lives interesting. Great New York flavour
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  mairangiwoman | Nov 18, 2008 |
Ruth Rothwax runs a successful letter-writing business in New York. She is married to Garth, an Australian artist who is away for six months, and Edek, her 87 year-old father moves from Melbourne to New York to help, or should that be hinder, his darling Ruthie in her business. Then a buxom sixty-something with one eye for business and another for Ruth’s father makes an entrance …

This is some book, already! It offers laugh-out-loud humour, some fascinating insights into what it is to be a holocaust survivor’s offspring, and presents a large dollop of day-to-day living in New York. Edek is a memorable character. His ‘logic’ is endearing (e.g. because he buys in stationery and office stock for Ruth, he tells people he works in the Stocking Department), but to Ruth, like most grown-up children with quirky parents, the ‘endearing’ is actually annoying. Enter Zofia and Walentyna, the champions of the Polish meatball, ‘bolls’ as Edek calls them, and everybody’s life takes a surprising turn. ( )
  myotherwordfx | Oct 1, 2007 |
Light tale of a daughter supporting her father to a productive old age and accepting relationships she doesn't approve of. ( )
  judye | Jan 6, 2007 |
OK, so during a recent trip to B&N, my friend and I saw on the new fiction table, sitting side by side, “Sex As a Second Language” and “You Gotta Have Balls.” Decisions, decisions. I went with the balls and am glad I did; Suzanne picked sex…only a so-so read for her. Ruth Rothwax is the owner of a very successful letter writing business and daughter to a charming (to others, not necessarily to her) 87-year-old father. This sometimes very comical story of how Ruth learns to stop worrying so much and accepting her father’s new life and love interests (“bolls” and Zofia, respectively) is a heartwarming father/daughter story. ( )
  owlsfeathers | Aug 27, 2006 |
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"Men have more straightforward relationships. They don't hang up phones in a huff with each other. They don't feud and not speak for months over insignificant issues. Men don't weep at something another man says. Or hate them for years because of it... "Ruth Rothwax likes women, but she wants them to like each other more, and not be so aggressive, so competitive with other females. She's even thinking of starting a women's group: a small group of smart women who'll care about each other and collectively gain more power for themselves and others. And Ruth practises what she preaches: every day she shows support for her close female friends. She's a good friend to have. If only all women were like her.Then her father's sixty-seven-year-old busty blonde girlfriend enters the scene, with a suitcase full of plans. So as Ruth's carefully calibrated life is turned upside down, all her sisterly solidarity, all her "we're here to support and nurture each other" ideals fly out the window. You Gotta Have Balls is Lily Brett's funniest novel to date, and demonstrates in laugh-out-loud prose a writer whose brilliance for tragedy is rivalled only by her genius for comedy.

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"Men have more straight-forward relationships. They don't hang up phones in a huff. They don't feud and not speak for months over insignificant issues. Men don't weep at something another man says. Or hate them for years because of it." Ruth Rothwax likes women, but she wants them to like each other more. She's thinking of starting a group for smart women who'll care about each other and gain more power for themselves and others. And Ruth practises what she preaches: every day she supports her close female friends. If only all women were like her. Then her father's sixty-seven year old busty blonde girlfriend enters the scene, with a suitcase full of plans. As Ruth's carefully calibrated life is turned upside down, all her sisterly solidarity and her ideals fly out the window.… (more)

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