A Break in the Chain: The Early Kozminskys
by Tangea Tansley
Affirm Press, $27.95 pb, 320 pp, 9780980790467
Any attempt to write a novel that covers three generations, two centuries, and two continents is undeniably ambitious. Include subject matter that ranges from Jewishness and gemstones to the occult, and set the story in a vibrant and sometimes turbulent time in the history of Melbourne and Victoria, from the 1850s gold rushes to the early 1900s, and the possibilities are exciting. Whether A Break in the Chain is also the ‘brilliant imagining’ it purports to be is another question entirely.