Critic Alan Cheuse reviews Here Comes Mrs. Kugelman by Minka Pradelski. He says it's a delightful novel that's a fascinating mix of comedy and pathos.
"Charming and persuasive . . . a fascinating mix of comedy and pathos."
—Alan Cheuse, NPR's All Things Considered
"One part spry farce, one part moving meditation, and a book that keeps the reader enthralled by that somewhat quaint yet still supremely effective narrative approach, tale-telling."
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"From the moment Mrs. Kugelman walks into the room, plops herself down, and begins talking about her village in pre-war Poland, she completely captivates the reader. Her charming characters are so wholly felt and authentically rendered, it is impossible not to be transported back to another time, to the innocence of a thriving, happy community that is ultimately shattered by war. Most of all, it reminds us that one way to recover is to tell each other our stories—to remember, fully, who we were and are."
—Rebecca Barry, author of Later, at the Bar: A Novel in Stories
"What a delightful narrator! What a scintillating cast of characters! What laughter and heartbreak in this world that is lovingly, achingly, whimsically, magically drawn for us. Readers, you are in for a treat."
—Chitra Divakaruni, author of Oleander Girl and The Mistress of Spices
"Magical . . . Pradelski successfully walks a tightrope between farce and tragedy, comedy and deep feeling."
—Die Literarische Welt