by Joyce Goodman and Anna Sugden

Romance Novels with Balls— Matzoh Balls

Some dismiss them as worthless women’s chatter, but romance novels, crossing class and economic boundaries since the 18th century, have given creative and economic opportunities to thousands of women. Overcoming old ethnic and cultural limitations, these hugely popular novels are now featuring Latinas, African- Americans, and middle-aged heroines. Increasing numbers of themes and protagonists are Jewish, carrying stories that were sometimes hidden between the lines out onto the covers.

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