Sonia Taitz is the author of In the King’s Arms, and her previous book Mothering Heights garnered her praise as “an incisive, funny writer”(People) who is both “wise and witty” (Publishers’ Weekly) and was cited in O: The Oprah Magazine as one of the best things ever written about motherhood. The Watchmaker’s Daughter, a memoir published last year, displayed Sonia’s deep binocular vision as the American child of European concentration camp survivors. Described as both “heartwrenching and funny” by People, the spirit of that book now informs her forthcoming novel, Down Under. She lives in New York City.
Down Underby Sonia Taitz
Down Under is a passion-stoked novel about first love and second chances. A young Catholic teen, abused by his conservative father, falls in love with a prim Jewish girl whose strict parents reject him. Call Down Under a boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl tale with a twist: Romeo and Juliet in outer suburbia. Fate takes the boy, Collum Whitsun, to/i>/i>
Down Under is a passion-stoked novel about first love and second chances. A young Catholic teen, abused by his conservative father, falls in love with a prim Jewish girl whose strict parents reject him. Call Down Under a boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl tale with a twist: Romeo and Juliet in outer suburbia. Fate takes the boy, Collum Whitsun, to Australia, where he becomes an international movie star. Decades later, when his career derails and his mind unravels, he begins a quest back to the past. The girl he loved, Judy Pincus, is now Jude Ewington, a middle-aged mother of twin boys, with a long-term marriage in the doldrums. Nostalgia, hurt, and fantasy draw Collum and Jude together again, in a mating dance that reveals every shade of their folly and hope.
Down Under take a wise, witty look at the struggles of aging, class, faith, and love. Most of all it explores the hidden meanings of loyalty. Part farcical romp, part lyrical romance, Down Under explores the road not takenand the mayhem that ensues when lives are daringly re-routed.
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A sparkling humorous book about the joys and perils of rekindling a teenage Romeo and Juliet romance between a bookish middle-class Jewish girl and a blue-collar Catholic boy whose father is a raging anti-Semite. In mid-life the boy has become a famous movie actor and the girl a disenchanted wife and mother who teaches writing at a local high-school. The plot initially resembles that of a fun fantasy novel, but soon loops into picaresque magical realist plot turns and social satire, before ending resoundingly in reality. Especially haunting are the picture of the anti-hero's abusive, charismatic father, and his collusive mother, and the hints of madness beneath the son's charm.
Few people write about love as well as Sonia Taitz. A quick and fascinating read that will leave you breathless.
Very, very good. I love this author. She is getting better and better every time.
"Down Under - is an intriguing about love. Sonia Taitz is unusual - a profound writer with a delicate touch, and heaps of warmth and humor. The book is hilarious, so you don't notice how deep she takes you (all the way "down Under"). I won't give away the ending, but it left me thinking about it for days".
“Down Under” is hugely entertaining, a romantic page-turner and a social satire all in one. A middle-aged housewife sends out feelers to an old boyfriend, who happens to now be an internationally famous movie star. The fact that he is just as interested as she is makes for fascinating (and sometimes racy) reading. Clever subplots round out the story, echoing themes of longing, disappointment, and the enduring comedy of human desire.”
I’ve been a fan of this author since 'In the King’s Arms' her book about an American girl's love affair at Oxford. Sonia Taitz is a great romantic in the biggest sense of the word. She understands what lies beneath our deepest longings. In this novel, a teen romance between a battered Irish boy and a bourgeois Jewish girl creates a deep bond that lasts more than thirty years. Do we change over time, or are do our hearts stay innocent? These are questions the author addresses with her characteristic wisdom, warmth, and wit.