“Not really. What if it gets lost? What if the airline loses it? We’ll leave late and I’ll ship it separately.”
“Maybe you don’t really need it.”
“I don’t want to take that chance.”
“Let’s experiment before you go. See what you can tolerate. Maybe you just need the dirt from a graveyard nearby and you could sleep in a bed with blackout curtains?”
Sheldon looked terrified. “Sleep without my coffin? It’s my security blanket, I’d have insomnia anywhere else. Goldie reads me to sleep when I’m in it.”
“What a mama’s boy you are!” I laughed.
This book wasn’t what I was thinking it would be when I got it. Yes, it was vaguely humorous and I did laugh in many scenes, but I guess I was thinking it would be more of an “Interview” since that was in the title, and less of another love story. I was thinking that I would get some interesting tibits of information about how a vampire…let alone a Jewish vampire…survives in this world, especially when the blood might not be kosher.
Rhoda works (?) as a journalist…I put the question mark there because it seems Rhoda really doesn’t work all that hard. I’m not exactly sure how she pays her rent because she never went to her actual place of work. But, I digress.
Rhoda is 41, single, a little overweight, and about to meet a vampire through a Jewish dating site. Sheldon is over a hundred years old, and without his facial hair (you know, the really long beards some Jewish people sport) he looks like Jeff Goldblum.
The book starts out with an interview of sorts, but then a relationship builds between Sheldon and Rhoda. But, as with some vampires, they can be aloof. Days and weeks go by and there is no sign of Sheldon…I guess this is where the interview ends…
But, she inevitably finds him and then she is given some awful news from her mother’s doctor…her mother is dying and she refuses to have an operation or treatment that would save her. Rhoda can’t bear to live without her mother, so she asks Sheldon to change her mother into a vampire. Apparently this happens a lot in Florida. There’s a whole orgainization called the Golden Grandma’s, a bunch of vampire old people living there.
So, Sheldon and Rhoda convince her mother to become a vampire…
Yeah, and that’s when the trouble starts.
This book had its moments of funny but it could have been better. There were a lot of editing errors that detracted from the book and I really needed a Jewish to English dictionary since there were lots of Jewish words in it like zaftig, for example…this means fat…I was able to figure this one out, but there were lots that I couldn’t and could have used a Jewish friend to help me out…
Also, the story kind of dragged a little. I wanted to know more about this Jewish vampire and how he lived, but it seemed that the interview was over on the first evening. After that, well, it wasn’t much of a story. The part about Rhoda’s mother becoming a vampire, and the fact that Rhoda asked her “boyfriend” to turn her mother, kind of repulsed me, to be honest. I love my mother, but I couldn’t see her, as an 81 year old woman, becoming a vampire.
With a little polishing, maybe a bit of a Jewish to English vocabulary and a bit more actual interview instead of having sex all the time and changing her mother, maybe I would have liked it better. It wasn’t my cup of tea. Or blood, as the case may be.
I’m giving this book 3 stars.