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Q: How does Heather Greenblotz, the thirty-one-year-old heiress to the world's leading matzo company, celebrate Passover?
A: Alone. In her Manhattan apartment. With an extremely unkosher ham and cheese panini.
But this year will be different. The Food Network has asked to film the famous Greenblotz Matzo family's seder, and the publicity op is too good to, hem, pass over. Heather is being courted by the handsome director and the subtly sexy cameraman, and she's got family coming out of her ears. It's enough to make a formerly dateless heiress feel like a princess.
Here's hoping that no one will discover that a Greenblotz family seder is about as real as the Easter bunny.
With the "family" cast of her mailman as her uncle, an ancient shopkeeper as Grandma, and her best friend as . . .well, her best friend, Heather thinks she's pulled it off. Until her bisexual father, his lover and her estranged mother stage an unexpected walk-on. As the live broadcast threatens to become a Greenblotz family expose, Heather must dig deep to find faith in love, family and, most of all, herself . . .
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Heather Greenblotz is the most down-to-earth heiress you're ever likely to meet. She's got a chilly, self-centered and travel-obsessed mother and a warm, self-centered and gay father; her cousin Jake, a real trooper, runs the family business, Greenblotz Matzo; her cousins Marcy and Rebecca are covetous and litigious. Shapiro, author of ALA Notable Book The Unexpected Salami, deftly manages to keep her heroine above the fray: while Heather may be angry at her relatives, she is never bitter. But what's an heiress-albeit a very nice and hardworking one-to do when she discovers that the family business is in financial trouble and only she can save the day? Why, she throws together a last-minute Passover seder to be broadcast by the Food Channel. The only problem is that the cantankerous Greenblotz clan doesn't celebrate Passover. In a highly improbable sequence of events, Heather and her kosher heartthrob, cameraman Jared Silver, attempt to pull off the seder of the year, attended by, among others, a stoned intern, Heather's father's gay lover, the official spokesman for the Egyptian consulate and a young woman with the unfortunate surname of Hitler. There is plenty of humor in this novel, and while some of it flirts with slapstick, Shapiro rescues her characters' dignity, sometimes hauling them out of the abyss at the last moment. Heather's likable personality and work as an award-winning documentarian also help her to "keep it real," even as she trips along toward the inevitable happy ending of this amusing, irreverent novel.
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Heather Greenblotz's mother is distant and preoccupied with her own life, and her father is off in Amsterdam with his lover. Heather's shares in the family business, Greenblotz Matzo, have allowed her to pursue her dream of being a documentary filmmaker. She still helps out with some of the PR for the company, and when the Food Channel wants to do a segment on it, Heather's cousin Jake asks her to give them the tour. She's greeted by two delicious men when she arrives at the factory: sexy interviewer Steve and thoughtful, handsome cameraman Jared. She's attracted to both men, but it's Steve who makes the first move, though Heather quickly learns there's a business motive behind it: he wants to film a Greenblotz family Passover seder. Greenblotz Matzo needs the publicity, but Heather has no idea how to get her wayward family together for a religious event. A lighthearted and fun read from the author of The Unexpected Salami (1998). Kristine Huntley
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Book Description Red Dress Ink, 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0373090714
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