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  • Series: Red Dress Ink (Numbered Paperback) (Book 30)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Red Dress Ink (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373250533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373250530
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,319,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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Good job, Ms. Shapiro!
Gwin
All of this is peppered with a wonderful array of characters (some of which have national affiliations or family names that add to the comical drama of the story!)
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A challenge of the genre is to make a book that is fun, funny and realistic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on April 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
As the holiday of Passover approaches, Heather Greenblotz is gearing up for a typical observance: spending time alone and eating decidedly non-kosher food at a time when most Jewish families gather together. It wouldn't bother Heather so much to be without her family at this time of year but for the fact that the Greenblotzes manufacture kosher products, including the world's most popular Passover matzo. What in the world would people think if they knew how non-traditional the family really is?
Laurie Gwen Shapiro's second novel, THE MATZO BALL HEIRESS, introduces Heather as she emotionally prepares for another disappointing Passover. 31-year-old Heather is a successful documentary filmmaker with two Emmy Awards to her credit, and her involvement in the family business is minimal. Few people even know she's a wealthy heiress to the Greenblotz family business, begun by her grandfather Izzy many years ago. Every spring, however, she helps out her cousin Jake (figurehead and CEO of the business) during the busy Passover season. Otherwise, she is seemingly disconnected from the world of traditional Judaism and kosher food. One day, while filling in for Jake at the matzo factory, she is interviewed by the Food Network and her Passover plans begin to radically change.
After the success of the interview with the dashing Steve Meyers, the Food Network wants to do a live broadcast of the Greenblotz family Seder. Jake Greenblotz thinks it's an excellent idea and that it will boost slumping sales. Heather, on the other hand, has her doubts.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
The five Greenblotz cousins sit on the board of directors for the family run matzo company. However, Jake actually runs the firm while his brother handles the Florida sales and documentary film director Heather fills in when Jake needs her. The other two cousins are estranged from this trio.
Heather takes a Food Channel crew on a tour of the matzo factory. Later, the interviewer Steve Meyers asks Heather out. When they return to her apartment following their dinner date, he informs her in the middle of sex that his station wants to televise her family's Passover Seder. After throwing Steve out, Heather panics because her family avoids Seders. She dines on ham while Jake has an Irish Catholic lover; the rest of the family is worse. However, Jake informs her that their business is in trouble as the competitors are part of conglomerates that spend a fortune on advertising. They need this show and a family to go with their Seder so Heather begins the hiring process. Of course the dysfunctional Greenblotz rally around the Seder.
This is an intriguing look at a Jewish family fully assimilated into the American culture. The story line is fun to follow as Heather struggles to understand her heritage beyond her inheritance with the Seder serving as a symbol between the old and the new. Fans will appreciate this insightful look at the de-Americanization of Heather and her family who discover there is more to being Jewish than chocolate matzo.
Harriet Klausner
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristen VINE VOICE on July 6, 2004
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As an inquisitive Gentile, I thoroughly enjoyed Shapiro's The Matzo Ball Heiress. Not only was the main character, Heather Greenblotz smart and witty, she paved the way for an education of sorts...for me, anyway. Heather attempts to find herself, her roots, and a little romance in between filming a live Seder for the Food Network with her more than dysfunctional family. The book is fast paced and full of information about Jewish dietary laws and practices. But don't let that fool you...there is lots of story packed in, as well.
I applaud Shapiro for creating a great summer read that educates as well as delights.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gwin on April 1, 2004
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I really, really enjoyed this book. In fact, I was irritated every time I was forced to put it aside. It's well written, funny and modern -- as well as being set in one of my favorite neighborhoods. It also successfully evokes 30-something NYC angst. Good job, Ms. Shapiro!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Caroline P. Hampton on April 13, 2004
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I'm new to the work of Laurie Gwen Shapiro.... I haven't read any of her stuff before, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. I was really pleasantly surprised. I found her new book "The Matzo Ball Heiress" really funny, unique and truly different.
Main character Heather Greenboltz is surrounded by a million and done crazy characters and I loved meeting each and everyone. The humor she runs through the story is first class.
I really enjoyed this new addition to the Red Dress Ink family and think that Ms. Shapiro might be its newest hit!
Cheers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By britmysfan on March 10, 2006
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This story and its zany characters would make a great romantic comedy movie. The "family" members and friends have to find their way to a sense of "family," initially somewhat forced into this for publicity for their company.

The plot and "family" development kept me reading through the night, and laughing through the reading!

Loved this!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Ennis on June 21, 2005
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I can't wait until Ms. Shapiro graces us with her next novel!

This is without a doubt the funniest thing I have read in years. Not only was it refreshing to see a break from the politically correct world in which we live (Amy Hitler, a guest at an Orthodox Passover?), but it was nice to see a dysfunctional family come together in their incredibly hilarious, yet obviously loving way.

My friend's always call me their "little Jew" (I'm Roman Catholic) because of some of the beliefs I hold and some of the food that I enjoy. Well, if being Jewish is half as great as this novel was then I'm converting right now!
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