How Sweet It Is!, Thane Rosenbaum Hardcover
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How Sweet It Is!, Thane Rosenbaum Hardcover. Set in Miami Beach in 1972, this poignant novel-in-stories follows the Posner family?two Holocaust survivors, Sophie and Jacob and their son, Adam?doing everything they can to avoid one another in a city with an infinite supply of colorful diversions. In '72 Miami hosted both the Republican and Democratic political conventions and experienced the rise of the counterculture, the Cold War, and the desegregation of the old South. The novel is populated and enriched by the presence of many historical characters of the day including Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Meyer Lansky, and Fidel Castro.Jackie Gleason used to say, ?Miami Beach is the sun and fun capital of the world.? For the Posner family?Miami Beach was supposed to be the site of their salvation. Where better to blend in, regain one's sanity, and live their lives? In this hilarious novel, Sophie becomes a key figure in the Jewish Mafia and receives the romantic attentions of Meyer Lansky, Jackie Gleason and Frank Sinatra?each mesmerized by her strength and substance. Matching wits with the master Yiddish storyteller, I.B. Singer, Jacob bemoans his fate at having to cope with Sophie, his irrepressible wife and her new fame and relationships. Crime boss Meyer Lansky uses Sophie's talents to desperately restore the Jewish Mafia to its former glory by bringing legalized gambling to Florida. Adam acquires valuable lessons on standing one's ground from the World's fastest man, Bob Hayes, and learns to pitch out of a jam from an umpire who may or may not be Cuba's dictator, Fidel Castro. The Posners soon discover that Miami Beach is not a place of camouflage because all that sunshine highlights the very things they want to forget. They find their lives quickly turning into a Disney World of funhouse mirrors and chaotic rides that give them front row seats through a transformational year in American culture, politics and world history.
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