The Goldie Standard

A Novel

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Pub Date May 07 2024 | Archive Date May 06 2024

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Description

Maxie needs a husband according to her grandmother Goldie. But not just any husband...

Hilarious and surprising, this unapologetically Jewish story delivers a present-day take on a highly creative grandmother trying to find her Ph.D granddaughter a husband who is a doctor—with a yarmulke, of course. 

Goldie Mandell is opinionated, assertive, and stuck in an Assisted Living Facility. But even surrounded by schleppers with walkers, pictures of sunrises and fancy fish tanks, and an array of daily activities to complement the tepid tea and stale cookies on offer, her salt-free plate is full. She’s got a granddaughter to settle, an eager love interest named Harry to subdue, and precious memories of her happy marriage to fellow Holocaust survivor Mordy to draw upon. 

Maxie Jacobsen is young, brilliant, and newly single, not by choice. But she’s got her science career, a grandmother to care for, and her whole life ahead of her. When Maxie takes on the role of her grandmother’s medical advocate, she has no idea Goldie operates with the single purpose of securing Maxie with Dr. Right. Instead, Maxie is distracted by her grandmother’s unexpectedly charming long-haired, sandal-wearing, peculiarly-named driver, T-Jam Bin Naumann, definitely wrong in every way.

In alternating Goldie and Maxie chapters, this novel explores generational differences, the weight of tradition, and the resilience of love. Drawing on the long tradition of Jewish humor and pathos, The Goldie Standard mainly celebrates life.

Maxie needs a husband according to her grandmother Goldie. But not just any husband...

Hilarious and surprising, this unapologetically Jewish story delivers a present-day take on a highly creative...


Advance Praise

“Can you have an acerbic yet golden heart? Oh yes, you can, as Simi Monheit proves in her compassionate, compelling and comedic debut, The Goldie Standard. While this novel reads like a romantic caper, Monheit doesn’t shy away from examining the most fraught of our human complexities. Much like her main character, Goldie, Monheit’s magic lies in her ability to touch the tenderest of heart strings while tickling all the funny bones. Another bit of magic? No one can live up to The Goldie Standard, and then, somehow, everyone does.” —R. Cathey Daniels, Author of Live Caught

“Can you have an acerbic yet golden heart? Oh yes, you can, as Simi Monheit proves in her compassionate, compelling and comedic debut, The Goldie Standard. While this novel reads like a romantic...


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EDITION Other Format
ISBN 9781960573971
PRICE $19.00 (USD)
PAGES 328

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What a beautiful, poignant read. Following Goldie's well-intentioned but misplaced machinations to get her granddaughter paired off in a suitable relationship can be awkward and challenging at times, but also warm, touching, and from an obvious place of caring. Goldie just wants for Maxie what she herself had with her husband Mordy: The love of her life.

The complication is that Maxie's person is not the one Goldie would choose, which forces the older woman to reassess her world view in a way that is uncomfortable, yet admirable. There is pathos and genuine emotion woven into the assured writing, tempered with respect and, most importantly, humor. Because what is life if we can't cry, laugh, and laugh ourselves to tears? "The Goldie Standard" does all of this and more.

I cannot wait to share this book with my mother-in-law and her avid reader friends. It will ring all sorts of cultural bells with them. Ultimately, it feels to me like one last long, warm hug from my partner's beloved Jewish grandmother, and for that, I am grateful.

Happy to have received the ebook version from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinions.

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The Goldie Standard is like a world fair event. A place where you find sense surrounded by different cultures, and in the case of this book different generations as well.
Goldie is a jewish woman at the end of her life living in a facility. Her daily life takes her back and forth through memories of a well lived family life, her expectations and dreams for her two daughters and specially her beloved granddaughter, Maxie.
Her journey leaves lots of moments for us to reflect, like how we treat our older family members, how they feel in their old age, the family, religion and traditions baggage we all carry through our grandparents and parents. All is mixed in this book which actually may confuse the reader at times, to be honest. However, if you are willing to patiently allow yourself to reread some dialogues that may confuse you, then you will find a good source of insights to evaluate in your own life. If you also are looking for romance, you’ll also find different love relationships worth of reading.

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This is one of those books that I wish would let me rate 6 stars instead of one! What a wild ride. This book had me LOLing all the way through. You won’t regret reading it!

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