The Shiksa Syndrome

The Shiksa Syndrome

by Laurie Graff
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The Shiksa Syndrome by Laurie Graff

Do shiksas really have more fun? A Jewish girl is about to find out in Laurie Graff’s wickedly witty novel.

SHIK·SA (shĭk'sə)
n. Yiddish
1. A non-Jewish woman. 2. A quintessential blonde beauty. 3. A Jewish boy’s dream. 4. A Jewish girl’s nightmare.

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! Aimee 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? Unfortunately, the charade goes on longer than Aimee planned, and her life becomes more complicated than a Bergman film. But Aimee begins to discover that her identity isn’t as easily traded as a pair of Jimmy Choos, and she must decide if having the man of her dreams is worth the price of giving up so much of who she is.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410413192
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 03/04/2009
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 471
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

LAURIE GRAFF is the author of the novels You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs and Looking for Mr. Goodfrog. She lives in New York City.

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Shiksa Syndrome 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable. Fast read but not very funny or interesting.
BookLover526 More than 1 year ago
This is a dreadful book with so many plot holes it qualifies as Swiss cheese. Nobody could be a stupid as the main character and you could see the outcome of this book for a mile - must be all the Swiss cheese holes
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Zicke More than 1 year ago
I found this book easy to read, finished it in one day, and I liked the story. Even though I am not a jew I found that the issues the main character had to deal with very familiar to real life. Over all I liked it and would recommend it
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...and then finding out it's not really what you want. The story had funny moments and the main character's frustrations were sympathetic. Good beach reading.
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I loved this book! I was definitely sad that it was over and it was so funny and so good!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character hides her true self to catch a man. And boy things get complicated! The author has fun with the details of the Jewish holidays and the dating life in New York City. There are some good twists and basically I think the writer has a flair for words and fun characters and situations. If you're looking for an enjoyable read, and an interesting look at cultural differences, try this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Shiksa Syndrome is a really fun read. It reminded me that Judaism isn't just a religion, but also a culture and a way of life that influences the way to talk, dress, eat, decorate and socialize. It's an interesting premise that the Jewish guy falls in love with the Jewish girl when he thinks she isn't - oy! The hora scene was HILARIOUS!!
vicki15 More than 1 year ago
Whew, Shiksa Syndrome brought back memories, of trying to accomplish the opposite feat, of trying to pass for Jewish to please a boyfriend and his parents. It seems crazy to me now, but I remember getting caught up in trying to change myself to please a lot of other people. So I related to the heroine of this story. I liked the author's message, that once we let go of assumptions and expectations we can find a healthy relationship.
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SMHNYC More than 1 year ago
I've read everything Laurie Graff has ever written and Shiksa Sydrome is by far her best work yet! As usual, Graff's writing is very entertaining and witty, but in this novel Graff's story takes us on a wonderful ride from start to finish. The inherent flaws in the lovable protagonist provide belly laughs from the moment she decides to go undercover as a Shiksa, and as the situations she finds herself in get more and more preposterous, the laughs get louder and louder. The entire time I was reading this, I was picturing a wonderful date movie starring Jennifer Aniston. But I don't want to ruin anything! Just read it for yourself!
Lynnchk More than 1 year ago
It wasn't a fast read, but it wasn't a slow was a perfect read!
I found The Shiksa Syndrome to be a many layered book. While it made me laugh, cry, ponder, and appreciate, it also lassoed me with curiousity and involved me in Aimee's life. I kept thinking...isn't there someone I can fix her up with???
Many passages were thought provoking enabling me to stop and dig deeper into the words before me.
Laurie Graff's books always afford me great enjoyment...and this one was no different. A highly recommend from me!
SZ More than 1 year ago
I eagerly await each of Graff's books, and Shiksa Syndrome is the best yet! My only "complaint" is that it's completely addictive; I kept having to read "just one more chapter" instead of going to bed!

Shiksa Syndrome chronicles the relationship trials of the main character, Aimee, with humor and charm. When a relationship with a non-Jewish man doesn't work out, Aimee finds the "perfect" Jewish guy - only to discover that SHE has to become a "shiksa" to "get" him! In this exploration of attractions, expectations and self-awareness, Graff's deep understanding of people once again comes through, making the characters in Shiksa Syndrome multidimensional, funny, and sympathetic. From the first words until the can't-put-it-down ending, we're drawn into the story of people that become as alive, with all their good points and flaws, as our real life friends! And, as the old ad went, "you don't have to be Jewish" to thoroughly enjoy this!

Brava, Laurie - Can't wait for the next one! And the movie...;-)