Thursday, September 20, 2012

Interview With A Jewish Vampire

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Being the sucker that I am for an interesting title, you know I had to add this one to my collection. Kudos to author Erica Manfred for a creative twist to an old idea.

Nicely written, a cute story line, certainly not an average tale. If you are "into" vampires or if you are Jewish (or would like to be) you're going to really enjoy the read. (If you don't like vampires and you grow quickly weary of Jewish kvetching then you may want to download and read a sample first). I was captivated immediately...between the title and the first paragraph of the description: middle-aged Jewish woman looking for a mate is contacted by a vampire and she says to herself, "he may not be alive, but at least he's Jewish." Her mother, the atheist, however is just happy if Rhoda has a man. Oy vey.

Amazon describes it thusly:

The last thing zaftig middle-aged journalist, Rhoda Ginsburg, expected when she signed up for JDate was to fall in love with a vampire. But when she meets drop-dead gorgeous Sheldon, a Hasidic vampire, she falls hard. She rationalizes that he may not be alive, but at least he’s Jewish.

She learns that back in the nineteenth century Sheldon was a rabbi who was turned into a vampire by Count Dracula, an anti-Semite who got his kicks from turning Orthodox Jews into vampires because then they’d have to drink blood, which isn’t kosher.

Soon after she meets Sheldon, she discovers her beloved mother, Fanny, is terminally ill, so she comes up with the crackpot idea of getting Sheldon to turn Fanny and her friends, known as “the goils,” into vampires. Once she becomes a vampire, Fanny tires of her boring life in Century Village, Florida, and, seeking thrills, she goes clubbing and disappears into the nightlife of South Beach in Miami. When Fanny and her goil posse “go rogue” and start preying on the young, Rhoda and Sheldon must track them down to keep them from killing again.

Interview with a Jewish Vampire turns vampire lore on its head, proving that not all vampires are young and beautiful and it IS possible to be undead and kosher.