Golden Crown Literary Award (Goldie)
By Lynn Ames
Two elderly Jewish grandmothers conspire to "fix" their lesbian granddaugthers' love lives.
Rachel Wallach has a great life–on paper. Millions of people fall in love with her words every day. Her greeting card sentiments are the stuff of legend in the industry. And yet … and yet she couldn’t find the right girl if you stuffed her into a Subaru full of lesbians.
Her overbearing mother and obnoxiously perfect siblings, with whom she shares Shabbat dinner every Friday, only want to know when she’s going to get a “real” job and a life. Then her elderly neighbor suffers a catastrophic health crisis, leaving canine-phobic Rachel holding the leash.
Julia Spielman’s grandmother, Gladys, a matchmaker descended from a long line of matchmakers, has just moved into the Shady Acres Assisted Living Community where she happily renews her friendship with Rachel’s Grandma Goldie. When Goldie learns that Julia runs a successful online dating service, it seems too good to be true.
So, let’s see. We have Rachel’s deaf-as-a-post grandmother, her grandmother’s clever, scheming match-making friend, and a mutt named Freud, all hell-bent on “helping” Rachel with her love life–what could possibly go wrong?