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Much Ado About Jessie Kaplan

Paula Marantz Cohen

St. Martin's Press

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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Chapter OneThis one LOOKS NICE.""I hate it!""How about this one?""No!"Carla and Stephanie were leafing through a sample book in the fancy stationery store, trying to pick out an invitation for Stephanie's bat mitzvah.Things were not going well.What Carla liked, Stephanie hated, and what Stephanie liked, Carla couldn't help saying, "Are you sure that's what you want?"--a question guaranteed to drive any daughter crazy.Carla hadn't thought that picking out an invitation would be so complicated. How hard could it be to choose a good paper stock with a colored border
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  • Paula Marantz Cohen

  • Paula Marantz Cohen is Distinguished Professor of English at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is the author of five nonfiction books, including Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth and The Daughter as Reader: Encounters Between Literature and Life, as well as the novel Jane Austen in Boca. She lives in Moorestown, New Jersey, with her husband and two children.
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