Julia Bloom had avoided working at her family's New York delicatessen, Bloom's, for a myriad of reasons. Not the least of which was working with her family. One year after her dad's untimely death, she is summoned to the home of her grandmother, Ida, and over brunch is informed she is being named president of Bloom's.

Sondra Bloom, Julia's mother, spent 30 years working with her husband and feels she's been running the deli single-handedly since his death. Ida informs her disgruntled daughter-in-law that she has no Bloom blood; therefore, she's not an option.

Jay Bloom feels the deli is owed to him. With his brother gone, he's the only logical choice. The fact that he'd rather spend time with his new young wife, "The Bimbette," as the family likes to refer to her, or at his country club than in the office shouldn't matter so much. He knows working for his niece is not going to be a piece of cake.

Then there is Ron Joffe, a reporter for Gotham Magazine. Ron's been assigned to do a story on how the world famous deli is doing a year after its president's death. Add to this the remainder of Julia's extended family and trying to learn a business she has no experience doing, and one can only imagine the fun.

Ms. Arnold delivers plenty of humor and demonstrates terrific storytelling in this delightful read. Because of the family's wealth, they get to be called eccentric instead of quirky. Either way, they're just plain fun! (Jun., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson