This week I’m going to recommend an e-book (available on both Kindle and Nook). If you have one of these handy little devices you’re going to want to download Laurie Gwen Shapiro’s The Matzo Ball Heiress. It’s one of the funniest novels in the so called Chick-Lit genre published within the last ten years. Seriously, I defy you to read this book without cracking up.
Protagonist, Heather Greenboltz is the heir to the Greenboltz Matzo fortune. Her stocks in the family business have allowed her to pursue her dream career as a documentary filmmaker. Her actual involvement in Greenboltz Matzo is limited to some minor PR work. However when the business falls on hard times Heather finds herself in the somewhat unenviable position of saving it. What she has to do is get the family together for a Passover Seder that will be broadcasted on The Food Network. The only problem is that her family, the family that has made their money supplying Passover food to Jews all over the world, doesn’t actually celebrate Passover. They are as secular as they come. Heather’s gay father is living in Amsterdam, her mother usually spends the holiday snorkeling, her cousin, who runs the company, is dating an Irish Catholic and his brother is living like the player that he is in Florida. Heather’s Passover tradition usually involves eating prosciutto and cheese sandwiches at home.
And yet, the opportunity to promote Greenboltz Matzo on a nationally televised event is not something anyone in the family can afford to pass up. Pulling together the most bizarre and eccentric group of people for this traditional holiday provides lots of laughs and a unique look at what can happen when secular and fully assimilated American Jews are confronted with their religious and cultural heritage.
Again, I strongly recommend that you download this one. No matter what your heritage is you will definitely enjoy this. Shapiro is an incredibly talented author and is now up for an Emmy for Finishing Heaven, a documentary she co-produced for HBO.
Be sure to add your recommendations as well. I need a new book to read!
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