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.
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 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001208
Synopsis: 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.
From the Back Cover:
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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