According to the title of this book, one would assume the book would be about The Master Butchers Singing Club. However, the singing club is only mentioned a handful of times and none of the members of the club are central characters. The flyleaf synopsis of the book would lead one to believe that the protagonist is Fidelis, the young German army sniper that leaves his country to create a new life in the United States after WWI. The true protagonist is Delphine, a vaudeville performer with serious emotional issues from her sad childhood marked with abandonment and acoholism.
I kept reading hoping that something positive would happen to at least one character in this book, unfortunately the theme is "Life is cruel, Life is hard, don't be honest about your feelings because people will disappoint you and eventually leave you". After so many pages of alcoholic fathers, abandoned children, unrequited love, agonizing death and motherless sons, a blanket of sadness may settle on the reader that is difficult to shake off.
There are plot threads that just end without any real closure, characters that aren't fleshed out enough to make the reader care what happens to them and very disjointed writing. The author glosses over a man returning from war, marrying his best friend's pregnant fiance, falling in love with his new wife and having a child all within a page and a half, however spends an entire paragraph describing the wonder store bought bread brings to the community.
Altogether a sad and badly written book and I won't be reading anything else the author has written.