And Darkness Was Under His Feet: Stories of a Family
Review by Jewish Book World, Winter 2009
"This sprawling, warm-hearted story spans six continents and one
hundred years, from the 1900 Sabbath table of Reizl and Lazar Solomon
and their young sons, in Radautz, Bukovina, to a glorious millennial
reunion in Paris.
"Dawid presents the family history in twenty-four accounts of varying
length, rich in personal vignettes though mindful of the overriding
historical arc. Here is Hans, a grandson of Reizl and Lazar, 'resident
alien' of Tientsin, North China,1939; Berthold, another grandson, on
day 555 of his imprisonment in a Communist prison cell, 1950;
great-granddaughters Toni and Marguerite, 'les Belles Jumelles,'
internationally acclaimed Belgian duo-pianists, 1990s.
"The final story, set in Neuilly, a suburb of Paris, is an amazing set
piece. From far-flung corners of the world, e.g., Dakar, Liverpool,
Haifa, San Francisco, Saigon, Moscow, Capetown, Rio, Brussels, Dublin,
New York, the descendants of Reizl and Lazar -- gay, straight,
multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-racial, multi-talented -- assemble
in boisterous celebration of the ninety-second birthday of Freda,
granddaughter of Reizl and Lazar, oldest surviving member of the
family, and the birth of the new millennium."