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The Matzah Ball: A Novel

The Matzah Ball: A Novel

by Jean Meltzer
The Matzah Ball: A Novel

The Matzah Ball: A Novel

by Jean Meltzer


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We are continually impressed and delighted by the way rom-coms are not afraid to present a diversity of voices. So, it’s no surprise to us that we now have a Hanukkah rom-com! Jean Meltzer shows us the magic of the holiday. No spoilers here, but who wants to place a bet as to how many nights it takes our enemies-to-friends plot to light up?


"The Matzah Ball had me laughing out all-around terrific read."—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Oy! to the world

Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt is a nice Jewish girl with a shameful secret: she loves Christmas. For a decade she’s hidden her career as a Christmas romance novelist from her family. Her talent has made her a bestseller even as her chronic illness has always kept the kind of love she writes about out of reach.

But when her diversity-conscious publisher insists she write a Hanukkah romance, her well of inspiration suddenly runs dry. Hanukkah’s not magical. It’s not merry. It’s not Christmas. Desperate not to lose her contract, Rachel’s determined to find her muse at the Matzah Ball, a Jewish music celebration on the last night of Hanukkah, even if it means working with her summer camp archenemy—Jacob Greenberg.

Though Rachel and Jacob haven’t seen each other since they were kids, their grudge still glows brighter than a menorah. But as they spend more time together, Rachel finds herself drawn to Hanukkah—and Jacob—in a way she never expected. Maybe this holiday of lights will be the spark she needed to set her heart ablaze.

"A luminous celebration of all types of love, threaded with the message that everyone is worthy of it.”—Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of The Ex Talk

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778311584
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 09/28/2021
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 41,330
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jean Meltzer studied dramatic writing at NYU Tisch and has earned numerous awards for her work in television, including a daytime Emmy. She spent five years in rabbinical school before her chronic illness forced her to withdraw, and her father told her she should write a book—just not a Jewish one because no one reads those. The Matzah Ball is her first novel.

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