Hello, my foxy friends! Hannukah is just around the corner, so I wanted to share an interview with one of the most delightful grandmother’s I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading – Elsa Lieberman.
Elsa Lieberman is our love interest’s grandmother in Stacey Agdern’s Miracles & Menorahs, a delightfully sweet Hannukah romance that will have you wanting to visit Hollowville for real. Whether you’ve read Miracles & Menorahs or not, you’re going to love this interview!
Q: Hello, Elsa! Tell the readers a little bit about you!
Thank you so much for having me bubeleh. I do very much appreciate the time you’ve taken for me. I live in Hollowville, New York which is in Westchester County. I have a son who lives in the city and a wonderful grandson.
Q: What brought you to Hollowville originally? What kept you there?
I grew up in the Bronx, and my husband did too. We moved to Hollowville because it had a charm about it, green, space. It was one of many places where we could raise a family and not be too far from my husband’s job. And the Hebrew Center was in walking distance from the house (when my husband was walking miles). And it was as good living there as we thought. Why would we go? We had friends. We had community, what did we need with way too much sun? We had a house that was ours and we could go to the city, see some art and all when we wanted to.
Q: What is the most important thing to you when you celebrate Hannukah?
Mishpacha. Family. Light. And love. That’s all.
Q: What is your favorite item on Chana’s Hannukah menu?
I love all of it. It’s very comforting as a Jewish resident of Hollowville to be able to walk on the main street of the town I live in and see advertisement and excitement over a Hanukkah menu. Over latkes and applesauce. The things I grew up on, the food I love is celebrated in Hollowville. I can’t choose, even if Chana loves sour cream.
Q: If you had a burger named after you, what kind of burger would it be, and what would you want to be on it?
Oh just a classic. Lettuce, tomato, medium rare, with french fries and a pickle on the side. No cheese, why people eat their burgers with cheese I will never understand.
Q: What would you like to see never change?
No matter what happens, I want the community of Hollowville to continue to hold events like the Hanukkah festival, and maybe have other events for other holidays. Holidays that aren’t celebrated so much in the wider world. Hollowville is a mishpacha, a family of different people from everywhere. Why should Hanukkah be the only holiday it celebrates ?:)
Q: What is the best advice you can give to a young couple falling in love?
You know so many books have been written but I always say that you need to communicate. Pay attention to what your partner is telling you, and not just pretend they’re telling you what you’d like them to. Words shared mean something.
If you want to get to know Elsa Lieberman better, I’ve got good news for you! You can read Miracles and Menorahs right now! You can pick it up via my affiliate links on Bookshop or Amazon. As you might have guessed, I recommend it!