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A Suitable Husband

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  20 reviews
In 1930s Poland, the economy is crumbling, the government is in chaos, and Jewish groups argue over how best to deal with the worsening situation. Among them are the Guardsmen, daring and organized young Zionists who are determined to start a new life in Palestine.

A Suitable Husband brings this vibrant period alive with the story of Bianca Lieber, caught between the press
Nook, 318 pages
Published June 25th 2012 by Hearts Diary Press (first published May 11th 2012)
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Lewis Weinstein
UPDATE 7/31/17 ... I re-read Lerner's fine book and found it just as powerful the second time. The introspection of all of the characters about staying or leaving Poland is riveting, since we know that any Jews who stayed were almost certain to be murdered by the Nazis. My characters Anna and Berthold in the sequel to A Flood of Evil are faced with the same dilemma.


Sept 2012 ... Lerner has written a wonderful story, with great characters, set against the horrific background of 1936 Poland. Th
Lewis Weinstein
Read once, planning to read again. This is an excellent and well written story which has relevance to certain aspects of the sequel to A FLOOD OF EVIL which I am currently writing ... A Flood of Evil
Mirta Ines Trupp
I almost didn't read this-I tend to avoid Holocaust novels- but, this coming-of-age tale takes place prior to the outbreak of WWII. I gingerly swiped across my reading tablet; I read each paragraph with trepidation not wanting to "go there" with these set of characters. Thankfully, the storyline takes us to edge, but we don't jump into that dark, tragic narrative we know so well.

The author does a good job showcasing the various Jewish organizations, such as the Bund, the Zionists etc. and paints
S.B. Lerner
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: author
As the author, I won't post a review. My hope is that readers will escape into the lives of the characters, learn about a different time period, and come away feeling as if reading it was time well spent.
Carl R.
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Suitable Husband is a suitable title for a novel set in a time and place where the well-being of an entire family depends on the elder daughter finding a good match, and S.B.Lerner has created a wonderfully complex setup and a wonderfully complex hero to go with it.

We’re in 1936 Poland with the Leiber family, poor Jewish Poles. Bianca is a bright girl who’s about to graduate from high school and hopes to go to university. However, she has a wastrel father and a mother who works day and night t
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grabbed me from the start. The story takes place in the dark days of pre-World War II in Poland, where anti-Semitism is on the rise. The novel is deft in balancing a myriad of themes and characters in a story that moves along quickly. The writing is very good and brings readers into the troubled world of Bianca, the young heroine, with a realism not matched by most historical fiction writers. The story is also a romance of sorts, and that part is as compelling as the menacing historical backdrop ...more
I love historical fiction, particularly stories set around 1940s Europe. A Suitable Husband is set in 1930s Poland, a period that also had my interested piqued, but not a setting of any other books that I can remember reading.

A Suitable Husband is the story of one young woman, Bianca, her family and friends, and the struggle of Jews in Poland during the 1930's. Told from different POVs - primarily Bianca, her mother and her brother, A Suitable Husband delves into the politics and discrimination
Angela Holtz
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This story is told from 3 perspectives, Danka the mother and her 17 year old twins Natan and Bianca. They are a poor Jewish family in Poland prior to WWII. It was eye opening to say the least. I think we forget that it wasn't just Germany against the Jews, it really was the entire world.

Danka has an alcoholic husband who also has a gambling problem. She managed to save a small dowry for her daughter and there is a new doctor interested in marrying her, but Bianca wants t
Sue Seligman
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers interested in Holocaust fiction
Recommended to Sue by: Goodreads
I read a review of this novel written by one of my friends here on Goodreads. I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. I read a lot of Holocaust literature, and I was intrigued by the plot which depicts the lives of young Jewish men and women in prewar Poland. As the lives of the Jews become more and more precarious in the years leading up to the invasion, the reader is given a glimpse into the hopes, dreams, and passions of the young generation. Some are anxious to escape to Palestine wh ...more
Shira Reiss
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband and I read the entire book aloud to each other and thoroughly enjoyed it. Despite all the books we have read about pre-Holocaust Europe, this book portrayed the numerous social and political movements of the era that were the result of the emancipation and reformation that allowed Jews to become part of the larger society. The characters portrayed the idealistic movements of the time: the Bund, Hashomer Hatziyer (The Guardsmen)and other Jews who had moved on to the universities and le ...more
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I read books on a regular basis about 1930's and 1940's Europe and on the plight of the Jews during this time. I have a family connection to the Holocaust and I think that because of this tie I am drawn to fiction about this era. What I have not read much about is the Zionist movement in Poland before the onset of the German invasion, I learnt so much from reading A Suitable Husband. At the same time you get to expand your knowledge on such important events in world history, y ...more
Howard Katzoff
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read

What a wonderfully written story. The characters were very authentic and seemed like people I'd like to know. Read it--you'll love it.
Stephanie Cohen
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a different angle to the beginning of the Holocaust in Poland
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful book I love historical fiction and this book gives perspective from 3 characters highly recommended
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Suitable Husband was written by S.B.Lerner. Not sure what category this would fall in. Definitely historical since it's set in the 1930s. It's a coming of age book since Bianca grows into herself and becomes a woman surviving difficult and horrific times. It's also a bit of a romance since she learns what love really is.

I guess the category I would put it in is: Good.

It's set in Poland during a time dangerous for the Jewish. Everything's falling apart - the government, Poland's economy, socie
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I got this ARC through Goodreads First giveaway so many thanks to the author.

I don't normally read this type of book but the plot intrigues me, especially with the Poland Jews in 1930s. This book is about a family and how they strived through events that affect their lives forever. Bianca, who had her head in clouds most of the time, and her twin brother Natan who had no idea how to express freely, along with their hardworking mother, Danka. The book is through perspectives of each of these char
Aug 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

Wow, this is the book I probably hate the most of all the books I've read before. I mean, seriously can this book get any better. I only read the first quarter and last quarter of the book and want to toss this into the trash. It's horrible.

If a reader removes the fatty middle part of the book, he or she wouldn't tell that the book isn't whole and complete. There's this little extra fat between the beginning, middle, and end. This book can lose some weig
Sue  Parker Gerson
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm about halfway through with this book, and keep putting it aside to read others. The story line is interesting, as it touches on a period of time - the 1930s- in which members of the Jewish community had to make difficult decisions about what was best for themselves and their families without knowing what we know now about the progression of antisemitism and the Holocaust. The writing is simple, more suited to a young adult novel, and slow-paced given the story arc the author sets up.
Dottie Resnick
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually read this book earlier this year and neglected to write a review. Saw the title again and kept thinking to myself, I read that. An interesting story of a Jewish family in Poland prior to WWII and how choices and decisions are made. Ending seemed a bit rushed, but overall a good read.
Erin Semenske
Aug 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this and could not get past the first page. I would not recommend this book to a friend.
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