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This Passover Seder is not just any Passover Seder. Yes, there will be a quick service and then a festive meal afterwards, but this night is different from all other nights. This will be the night the Golds of Greenwich meet the Rothschilds of New York City.
The Rothschilds are the stuff of legends. They control banks, own vineyards in Napa, diamond mines in Africa, and even an organic farm somewhere in the Midwest that produces the most popular Romaine lettuce consumed in this country. And now, Sylvia Gold’s daughter is dating one of them.
When Sylvia finds out that her youngest of three is going to bring her new boyfriend to the Seder, she’s giddy. When she finds out that his parents are coming, too, she darn near faints. Making a good impression is all she thinks about. Well, almost. She still has to consider her other daughter, Sarah, who’ll be coming with her less than appropriate beau and his overly dramatic Italian mother. But the drama won’t stop there. Because despite the food and the wine, despite the new linen and the fresh flowers, the holidays are about family.
In Brenda Janowitz’s The Dinner Party, long forgotten memories come to the surface. Old grievances play out. And Sylvia Gold has to learn how to let her family go.
After a busy holiday weekend, I think it’s the perfect time to relate this book. We didn’t have anyone fancy like the Rothschild’s, but we did have a lovely gathering with my sister’s family and my parents. The funny thing is, I can totally relate to where Brenda was coming from! My mom was hosting and it was a flurry of putting out new towels, setting up the dining room (for special occasions only), and putting out the nice china. My mom’s not as nutty as Sylvia, but she also wasn’t entertaining fancy people from the city –> we’re surrounded by farmland here. 😂
This is why I loved this book though- it was so relatable! I loved learning about the characters and peeling them back layer by layer as the dinner progressed. The dinner was far from uneventful!
1. sibling rivalry
2. a significant other that’s not so loved by the family
3. tension of all sorts
5. trouble with love
7. always thinking those who live a bit more upscale life don’t have the same problems as us “normal people” do.
*Yes, quotations are needed because I’m not exactly sure how you would define normal….
Since I enjoyed reading this so much, I wanted to share it with you! The awesome Brenda reached out as well to contribute a little extra something————>>>>> Giveaway time!
I’m going to have a post on both Instagram and Facebook and you’re going to have to tell me what your “must have” at a dinner party is.
Feel free to tag friends to get them in on the fun!
Winner will receive a copy of The Dinner Party by Brenda Janowitz and a personalized, signed bookplate!
This giveaway is limited to US only and is not endorsed by Facebook or Instagram. Giveaway winners will be chosen on Wednesday (4/19/17).