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Much Ado About Jessie Kaplan

Cohen, Paula Marantz

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ISBN 10: 0312324987 / ISBN 13: 9780312324988
Published by St. Martin's, New York, 2004
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition, May 2004, stated; first printing, full number line. Book is inscribed and signed by the author in blue ink on the half-title page: "Dear Rabbi Kushner/ It was inspiring speaking to you. / Yours, / Paula Marantz Cohen." Possible association copy, inscribed to Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of the bestselling "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," among other works. Kushner was a longtime rabbi at Temple Israel in Natick, Mass., and this book was purchased at a sale at the Morse Institute Library in Natick; association is thus likely though not certain--there are other "Rabbi Kushners" out there. The second novel by the author of "Jane Austen in Boca." Book is tight, square, and unmarked; head of spine slightly bumped, else fine. Dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $23.95). Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001208

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Title: Much Ado About Jessie Kaplan

Publisher: St. Martin's, New York

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Paula Marantz Cohen's triumphant first novel, Jane Austen in Boca, was an inspired blend of classic English literature and modern American manners. Her new novel heads north to the seemingly quiet suburban town of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, for a comedy that even Shakespeare couldn't have imagined.

Carla Goodman is worried. Her husband, a gastroenterologist in private practice, is coming home frazzled because medicine isn't what it used to be. Her son's teachers want to put him on Ritalin to stop him from wreaking havoc on the fifth grade. And her cranky twelve-year-old daughter has a bas mitzvah coming up.

But it's Carla's sweet, widowed mother, Jessie Kaplan, who really has her baffled. Jessie has suddenly "remembered" that she was Shakespeare's girlfriend---the Dark Lady of the sonnets---in a previous life. Can even the famed Dr. Leonard Samuels, psychiatrist and author of the self-help book How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love My Mother-in-Law, help with problems like these?

Witty, engaging, and wickedly observant, Much Ado About Jessie Kaplan is an unpredictable tale of love, loss, and family rites of passage.

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Praise for Jane Austen in Boca:

"Page-turner of the week...Austen never shmoozed by the pool with a pack of bronzed yentas, but her PRIDE plot proves as durable as ever...What's not to like?"
--People Magazine

"Utterly charming...think Pride and Prejudice, but with better weather."--Vanity Fair

"Cohen's wit is sharp, smart and satirical, and her characterizations are vividly on target."
--San Francisco Chronicle

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