The Shiksa Syndrome by Laurie Graff
A Novel

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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.
 

About Laurie Graff

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LAURIE GRAFF is the author of the novels You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs and Looking for Mr. Goodfrog. She has played numerous stage roles on and off Broadway, including Frenchy (her favorite) in Grease. She lives in New York City.
 
Published October 7, 2008 by Broadway. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the winning latest from chick lit–ster Graff (Looking for Mr. Goodfrog ), Manhattan publicist Aimee Albert, who is Jewish and whose first love, Sam, died during 9/11, has just split with her goy boyfriend Peter McKnight.

Jun 16 2008 | Read Full Review of The Shiksa Syndrome: A Novel

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Laurie Graff’s The Shiksa Syndrome is a witty, lively rom-com that tells of Aimee Albert’s struggle to attract a nice, Jewish man, until one mistakes her for a non-Jewish woman - a shiksa.

Oct 11 2009 | Read Full Review of The Shiksa Syndrome: A Novel

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A good Jewish husband is hard to find --- but only if you're a single Jewish woman.

Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of The Shiksa Syndrome: A Novel

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