'A fine novel about an emigre German singer at large in the America of the 1930s, in which Richard Aronowitz displays his characteristic ability to mingle the slow unravelling of ordinary lives with the ebb and flow of world events. I greatly admired it.'
- DJ Taylor
An American Decade by Richard Aronowitz (published April 2017) - UK reviews, quotes & articles
A fine novel about an emigre German singer at large in the America of the 1930s, in which Richard Aronowitz displays his characteristic ability to mingle the slow unravelling of ordinary lives with the ebb and flow of world events. I greatly admired it.
D. J. Taylor, British critic, biographer, novelist. Winner of Whitbread Biography Award 2013, Longlisted for Man Booker Prize 2011
…Packs a terrific and moving ending. He has done his research into 1930s America and there’s something plausibly selfish about Christoph. His politics are thoroughly decent but the way he treats women is not… [The novel is] about men betraying women, men with secrets and how people with good intentions can hide something truly rotten.
David Herman, The Jewish Chronicle
An American Decade focuses upon some lesser known aspects of the Second World War: Nazism in the US, and the Kindertransport that took Jewish children to safety in other countries. Well written and a compulsive story.
Karen Warren, Historical Novel Society Review
The sense of place and time is so cleverly done. We have a picture of America and Germany painted through ideology as well as physical description so that there is an intensity to the settings that echoes through the pages like Christoph’s voice through the concert halls…. Using popular culture, newspaper reports, letters and Christoph’s first hand experiences the reader is given a vivid and searing view of the times. It is not a comfortable picture and the more Christoph achieves the American Dream, the more the contrasts work so effectively…. Unsettling, perfectly crafted and beautifully written.
Linda’s Book Bag
An expressive, fascinating, and convincing glimpse into 1930’s America just before the Second World War. Within Christoph’s tale links to the wider world are unchained, a Nazi group in America bully and strut their way across the pages, letters arrive from Germany full of fear and uncertainty. An American Decade, set on the brink of a horrifying history, rattling thoughts and feelings, is a compelling, striking read.
There’s so much to enjoy and experience in this novel – the writing flows, there’s highs and lows, staccato moments and harmony but Christoph is the lonely note whose melodic cries can be heard throughout telling the story of a troubled time. Glittering.
Unicorn Hunter Books youtube review on »An American Decade«
Nick Piercey BBC broadcast on »An American Decade«
On BBC RADIO OXFORD (95.2FM) Richard talks about writing his historical fiction novel 'An American Decade' while balancing a career at Sothebys where he heads the restitution Department.
Richard Aronowitz at Jewish Book Week on March 5th, 2017 (Podcast)
Richard Aronowitz and John Steinberg: Fiction of Guilt and Identity Richard Aronowitz John Steinberg Chair: Jenni Frazer March 5th, 2017 Kings Place, St. Pancras
»An American Decade« - EDITORS' CHOICE of the historical novel society
Another rather short review on An American Decade by the historicalnovelsociety.org: