Too Many Men

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 100 pages
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Ruth Rothwax, a successful woman with her own business, Rothwax Correspondence, can find order and meaning in writing words for other people—condolence letters, thank-you letters, even you-were-great-in-bed letters. But as the daughter of Edek Rothwax, an Auschwitz survivor with a somewhat idiosyncratic approach to the English language, Ruth can find no words to understand the loss of her family experienced during World War II.

Ruth is obsessed with the idea of returning to Poland with her father, but she doesn't quite understand why she feels this so intensely. To make sense of her family's past, yes. To visit the places where her beloved mother and father lived and almost died, certainly. But she knows there's more to this trip. By facing Poland, and the past, she can finally confront her own future.


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User Review  - hardlyhardy - LibraryThing

"Too Many Men," first published in Australia in 1999, is the first in a series of autobiographical novels written by Lily Brett. Brett is the daughter of two Auschwitz survivors. She grew up in ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A middle-aged woman returns to Poland with her concentration-camp survivor father but gets mired down in her own neuroses.Ruth Rothwax, raised in Australia by Polish parents who barely survived the ... Read full review


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Page 256 - Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men, Couldn't put Humpty together again.
Page 114 - It was granted me for many years to live and work under the greatest son whom my nation has brought forth in the thousand years of its history.
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Page 385 - He pushed his plate and several pieces of cutlery away in a decisive gesture that signaled that he was finished with the meal. "That is it," he said. Ruth had seen this movement many times. It was an announcement that he was having nothing more to eat. Ruth thought it was more of an announcement to himself than to anyone else. He always said "that is it...
Page 390 - Ruth was glad it was a duil gray, wet day. She wouldn't have wanted to see Auschwitz in sunshine. A sign near the front entrance of the building said AUSCHWITZ MUSEUM. Ruth was furious. Why did everyone insist on using the word "museum"?
Page 27 - too many men,' " a young man passing by said to Ruth. "She is saying to you, you have too many men in your life.

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About the author (2009)

Originally from Australia, Lily Brett is the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of four previous novels, three collections of essays, and seven collections of poetry. She is married to the Australian painter David Rankin. They have three children and live in New York City.

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