Wed, 21 March 2012
The Jewish family saga of G B Stern's The Matriarch is dominated by the party-planning interfering head of the family, Anastasia the adored eldest sister, the engulfing wife, the admired mother, the bossy aunt and the totally dominating Grandmere. She's a monster of cheerful bullying, a delightful character you wouldn't want to live with, the life and soul of the the party you want to leave. She lacks reticence, justice, tact and no-one can teach her anything. Her recipes are divine, but only she can cook to perfection. For the underdogs in the family.