1871. Cattle-dealer Solomon Meijer has made a reputation for himself as one of the few honest Jews in Endingen, a rare Swiss town in which Jews are allowed to reside.
He leads a largely untroubled life, rewarded by his work and comforted at home by his wife and two daughters.
But all of this is set to end when he answers a knock at the door in the middle of the night.
On the doorstep stands his young distant cousin, Janki, half-dead and begging for refuge.
The pitiful figure is invited in and given a coveted place in the bosom of the family, but when Janki recovers and regains his ambition and his fine-looks, he will change the Meijer family's lives for generations to come... In the tradition of the great family romances of the nineteenth century, Melnitz is the saga of the Swiss-Jewish Meijer family, spanning five generations from the Franco-Prussian War to World War II.
It is a novel of fate, fortune and great falls; a homage to the sunken world of yiddish culture and a celebration of the enduring spirit of biting Jewish humour.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 656 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 05/02/2015
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781848877665