Jane Austen in Scarsdale

Or Love, Death, and the SATs

Paula Marantz Cohen

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Anne Ehrlich is a dedicated guidance counselor steering her high-school charges through the perils of college admission. Thirteen years ago, when she was graduating from Columbia University, her wealthy family---especially her dear grandmother Winnie---persuaded her to give up the love of her life, Ben Cutler, a penniless boy from Queens College. Anne has never married and hasn’t seen Ben since---until his nephew turns up in her high school and starts applying to college.
Now Ben is a successful writer, a world traveler, and a soon-to-be married man; and Winnie’s health is beginning to fail. All of these changes have Anne beginning to wonder…Can old love be rekindled, or are past mistakes too painful to forget?
With all the wit and perceptiveness of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Jane Austen in Scarsdale is a fresh and romantic new comedy from a novelist with “a knack for making modern life reflect literature in the most engaging manner” (Library Journal).

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Chapter One

“Great speaker last night, right?” Vince Flockhart, Fenimore’s principal, looked hopefully down at Anne Ehrlich, head of guidance, as she ate her grilled cheese sandwich in the faculty cafeteria. Report had it that the parents had been impressed by the speaker---though half had left in tears and the other half had been digging in the bottom of their bags for Valium.

“He was very high energy,” conceded Anne.

“You didn’t like him!” declared Vince, peering more closely at Anne’s face. He liked to look at that face---it had a sweetness and unconventional beauty that

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Praise for Jane Austen in Scarsdale

Praise for Jane Austen in Scarsdale

“For every frazzled student applying to college, for all anxious parents trying to get a student into college, for all teachers besieged by requests for higher grades and glowing letters of recommendation, this book is for you. I am persuaded that Cohen, like Jane Austen, knows how to work things out for her heroine--neatly and satisfactorily. I loved it.”
---Ann B. Ross, author of MISS JULIA'S SCHOOL OF BEAUTY

“Paula Marantz Cohen has done it again! Jane Austen in Scarsdale is laugh-out-loud funny, literate, wise--and best of all, a satirical mirror of our times. She has become our own Jane Austen.”
---Diane Ravitch, author of THE LANGUAGE POLICE

Acclaim for the Previous Novels of Paula Marantz Cohen


“A brightly comic book…[that explores] the redemptive capacity of the literary imagination…Highly literate light fiction.”
---Times Literary Supplement

“Unabashedly entertaining reading…touching and not a little wise.”
---The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A comic tour-de-force…as fresh and pungent as an apple cake [that] proves that literary fiction doesn’t have to be elegiac in tone to be successful.”
---The Hudson Review


“Utterly charming…think Pride and Prejudice, but with better weather.”
---Vanity Fair

“Page-turner of the week… Austen never schmoozed by the pool with a pack of bronzed yentas, but her Pride plot proves as durable as ever…in this witty romp.”
---People magazine

“Clever, warmhearted…Cohen’s wit is sharp, smart, and satirical, and her characterizations are vividly on target.”
---The San Francisco Chronicle

“While the novel works as a clever remake of Pride and Prejudice, it has equal merit as contemporary social commentary.”
---Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal

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About the Author

Paula Marantz Cohen

Paula Marantz Cohen is Distinguished Professor of English at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is the author of two previous novels, Jane Austen in Boca and Much Ado About Jessie Kaplan, and four scholarly works of nonfiction, including Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth and The Daughter as Reader: Encounters Between Literature and Life. She lives in Moorestown, New Jersey, with her husband and two children.

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Jane Austen in Scarsdale
Or Love, Death, and the SATs
Paula Marantz Cohen

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St. Martin's Press
January 2007
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ISBN: 9781429919036
ISBN10: 1429919035
288 pages

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
January 2007
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ISBN: 9780312366575
ISBN10: 0312366574
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages

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