The Shiksa Syndrome (Hardcover)
Manhattan publicist Aimee Albert knows a good spin, but she’s the one who winds up reeling when her gorgeous, goyishe boyfriend breaks up with her—on Christmas! For a stand-up comedian, you’d think he would have better timing. But Aimee’s not about to let a man who doesn’t even have a real job get her down. She dusts herself off and decides to seek companionship with a member of her own tribe. There’s just one problem: all the shiksas are snapping them up!
So when the very cute, Jewish, and gainfully employed Josh Hirsch catches Aimee’s eye at a kosher wine tasting and mistakes her for a shiksa, what’s a girl to do? Hey, her heart was broken, not her head! Unfortunately, the charade goes on longer than Aimee planned, and her life becomes more complicated than a Bergman film. To make matters worse, Josh and Aimee aren’t exactly on the same page as far as their attitudes toward Judaism go, creating tension in the relationship. But as Aimee begins to discover that her identity isn’t as easily traded as a pair of Jimmy Choos, she must decide if having the man of her dreams is worth the price of giving up so much of who she is.
Wry and witty, The Shiksa Syndrome is a by turns laugh-out-loud funny and disarmingly poignant.
“Graff's latest is by turns funny and poignant as she explores religious identity and modern relationships …”¯Booklist
“The entertaining blend of farcical scenarios and quick-fire prose finds an unexpected poignancy…” — Daily News
“The zany scenarios propel the novel but belie a powerful moral core about identity and cultural perceptions.” ¯Jewish Living Magazine
“Saturating this fluffy romantic comedy of errors is a more subtle commentary about religion and identity that raises the question: How much of yourself do you have to give up in order to be with someone else?” — San Francisco Chronicle
“A witty read with the satisfying crunch of crusty rye and the sting of hot mustard, no matter what you put between the slices.” — Jewish News of Greater Phoenix
“If you’ve got a funny bone, Graff will latch on and refuse to let go.” — LibraryJournaL.com
“Readers will enjoy Aimee's chance to rediscover herself and to recognize what she truly values.” — Library Journal
“Hilarity ensues.” — Glamour.com
“On a scale from 1 to ten this gets 10 Stars...of David.” — Beyond Her Book, PW Blog
“…some funny moments.” — USA Today
“…discerning insight and astute observations that are often quite amusing as well. “ — The Jerusalem Post
"At first, Laurie Graff's novel made me wish that I was a shiksa. Then I was glad that I wasn't. Now I'm more confused than ever.” — Alan Zweibel - Author of The Other Shulman and Clothing Optional
Praise for Laurie Graff
You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs
“I never knew bad dates could be so good.”
“A provocative and intelligent look at the ways that people search for a meaningful life.”
“A jaunty trek through the dating minefield in search of Mr. Right. Karrie handles the frogs with heart, humor, and hubris. Look for the sequel.”
“Graff put the litany of losers, Casanovas, weirdos, and plain old bad choices to work for her in her new book, You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs.”
“More than just a catalogue of loser guys and bad relationships, Graff’s smart and funny novel shows just how hard finding the right man can be and how easy it is for a relationship to fail.”
“We’re rooting for her to find everything she’s been missing—which turns out to be less than she imagines.”
Looking for Mr. Goodfrog
“Navigating the cyber pond with Karrie Kline while Looking for Mr. Goodfrog leaves one laughing on the outside while your heart is breaking on the inside! I found it ribbiting.”
—Jamie Gertz, actress
“Graff . . . offers a fun tour of New York, and readers will welcome the return of her smart narrator.