Too Many Men
Pan Macmillan, Australia
Just Like That
You Gotta Have Balls
Too Many Men (1999) is a novel by Australian author Lily Brett. It won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 2000 for the Best Book from the South-East Asia and South Pacific Region.
1 Plot summary
3 Awards and nominations
Ruth Rothwax, a successful New York business-woman, takes her 80-year-old father Edek, a Holocaust survivor living in Melbourne, back to Poland, to revisit the land of his birth. They are also accompanied, unknown to Edek, by the ghost of the dead Nazi Rudolf Höss. The novel explores the two main characters' different responses to what they find.
Publishers' Weekly noted: "The hardest effect to bring off in fiction is a vision that is at once tender, deeply comic and yet aware of the ultimate sadness of life, the lachrymae rerum. Brett has succeeded triumphantly in the most delightful surprise of the year so far."
Shannon Dowling in Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature stated: "Too Many Men represents a culmination of the concerns of [Brett's] work — the legacies of the Holocaust; the concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau; inter-generational trauma; and continuing anti-Semitism."
Awards and nominations
1999 shortlisted Booksellers Choice Award
2000 winner Commonwealth Writers' Prize South East Asia and South Pacific Region — Best Book
2000 shortlisted Miles Franklin Award
^ "Too Many Men, Lily Brett, author", Publishers' Weekly
^ "Traces of Trauma: Loss and Longing in Too Many Men" by Shannon Dowling, JASAL, Vol 6 (2007)