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House of gold, Natasha Solomons

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House of gold
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House of gold
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Natasha Solomons
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eng
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"From the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford, an epic family saga about a headstrong Austrian heiress who will be forced to choose between the family she's made and the family that made her at the outbreak of World War I. Vienna, 1911. Twenty-one-year-old Greta Goldbaum has always hungered after what's forbidden: secret university lectures, unseemly trumpet lessons, and most of all, the freedom to choose her life's path. The Goldbaum family has different expectations. United across Europe by unsurpassed wealth and power, Goldbaum men are bankers, while Goldbaum women marry Goldbaum men to produce Goldbaum children. Greta will do her part. So Greta moves to England to wed Albert, a distant cousin. The marriage is not a success. Yet, when Albert's mother gives Greta a garden, things at Temple Court begin to change. First Greta falls in love with her garden, then with England, and finally with her husband. But when World War I sends both Albert and Greta's beloved brother, Otto, to the front lines--one to fight for the Allies, one to fight for the Central Powers--the House of Gold is left vulnerable as never before, and Greta must choose: the family she's created or the one she was forced to leave behind. Set against a nuanced portrait of World War I, this is a sweeping family saga rich in historical atmosphere and heartbreakingly human characters. House of Gold is Natasha Solomons's most dazzling and moving novel yet"--
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  • In 1911 Vienna, Greta, rebellious heiress of the immensely wealthy Goldbaum family, reluctantly leaves her native land to wed her distant cousin Albert in England. Greta and Albert are initially wary strangers, but even as they slowly find their way to happiness, looming on the horizon is a war that will tear apart the House of Goldbaum and set Greta on the opposite side of a bloody conflict from her family and homeland. Solomons (The Song of Hartgrove Hall​, 2015) weaves a tale that is both sweeping and intimate: the story of a family’s banking empire and of the societal upheaval caused by the onset of the Great War, with an intriguing portrayal of the space carved out by wealthy Jewish families in European society. It is also the story of a single marriage and the conflicting ties of patriotism and family in the face of the devastation of war, featuring a cast of well-drawn characters. While some readers may wish the ending provided more closure, this is ultimately a poignant, beautifully written story of love and duty. -- Martha Waters (Reviewed 8/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 22, p39)
  • Set on the eve of WWI, this engrossing family epic by Solomons (The House at Tyneford) draws back the curtains on the opulent life of a European banking dynasty just as its world begins to shatter. The scions of the House of Goldbaum know their duties: marry other Goldbaums and serve the family. Even rebellious Greta Goldbaum will not risk her place in the family, and she obediently leaves her beloved Vienna to become the perfect English wife for her cousin, Albert. She had hoped he harbored a wild streak like their French cousin Henri or shared her brother Otto’s sweetness, but she finds his passion for beetles and butterflies as horrifying as he finds her penchant for not wearing shoes. Their opposites-attract romance is palpable from their first encounter, and the turmoil roiling around them is just as captivating. Across Europe, the Goldbaums navigate what the reader knows to be inevitable: Russian pogroms, socialist reform, and the Great War itself. Though the family itself is close-knit, isolation permeates their lives—as Jewish people in an increasingly anti-Semitic Europe, as oligarchs in a democratizing world, as individuals drowning beneath expectation. In Solomons’s skillful hands, the plot winds around Europe and blossoms into a poignant portrait of characters stuck in an unavoidable paroxysm of global change. (Oct.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 09/03/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 36, p)
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Solomons, Natasha
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6119.O455
LC item number
H68 2018
Literary form
fiction
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  • Jewish families
  • Vienna (Austria)
  • World War, 1914-1918
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adult
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House of gold, Natasha Solomons
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24 cm
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436 pages
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9780735212978
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2018002308
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  • (OCoLC)1056952035
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House of gold, Natasha Solomons
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436 pages
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9780735212978
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2018002308
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