TV talk show hostess Becky Bernstein, ex-pat in Berlin, has finally found Mr. Right 4ever: Benno! But where to say the yes-word? Gloria, Becky’s mom, refuses to set foot in Germany. A Jewish matriarch wouldn’t be worth her kreplach if she didn’t manage to convince the bride and groom to tie the knot on American ground. How about in Las Vegas, the world’s glitziest wedding capital? They agree, but unbeknownst to Becky and Benno, Gloria invites the whole mishpocheh to the bash — including Becky’s gorgeous ex-lover, Jack Gold, who’s only too happy to revive his and Becky’s passion for one another. Enter Benno’s father, a conservative, small town Protestant minister — and all pandemonium breaks loose. Clearly the odds are against Becky and Benno.
The German Radio narration Mazel Tov in Las Vegas, as well as the one-woman sitdown comedy by the same name, performed on stage, were early inspiration for the novel.
This book has not yet been published in its original English. Reviews below refer to the German translation.