Full Bloom by Judith Arnold

A high-stress environment, as well as a warring family, should not have had me chuckling to myself in between. But chuckling I was. This is a very believable story of a wealthy and hardworking Jewish family. They have three generations working together (which under any circumstances would be a tough thing to carry out smoothly). Not all of them feel they are living up to their potential. The founder of the delicatessen is the Grandmother who is more of a silent member who influences decisions without actual words, at least when the story begins. She decided who the current head of Bloom’s should be, and that has stirred more than a few undercurrents.

We have multiple points of view thrown into the mix, and none of them felt unnecessary. Although not all contributed to the chaos equally, it was still a better experience because of the difference in views of the people we were getting access to.
I could talk about the individual characters, but those who intend to pick up the book will only lose out on meeting them for the first time. Those who read this review with no intention of picking up the book will not care either way. That is why, for once, I am not going into the hierarchy within the family as it forms the core of the narrative.

I must mention that they are a sort-of traditional family which meant that I got to learn about whole new traditions that I was unaware of. They were a little low on completely traditional behaviour as they freely admitted, but there are glimpses. There is also the critical (sometimes internal) discussion on what it takes to be part of a whole and how much family can mean.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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