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Much Ado About Jessie Kaplan

Paula Marantz Cohen

St. Martin's Griffin

From the bestselling author of Jane Austen in Boca, “another witty tale that combines classic literature with contemporary social comedy.”---Hartford Courant

Carla Goodman’s life in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, is a little bit stressful these days. Her doctor husband is frazzled, her son’s teachers say he needs Ritalin, and she’s in the throes of planning her daughter’s bat mitzvah. But it’s her sweet widowed mother, Jessie Kaplan, who really has Carla worried, for Jessie has suddenly “remembered” that she was Shakespeare’s 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 a problem like this?
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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Much Ado About Jessie Kaplan
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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“Though Cohen’s knack for gentle satire earns some terrific laughs, this buoyant novel’s power stems from the author’s deep sympathy for her conventional characters. She mocks, yes, but from a place of tremendous understanding.”
---Newsday

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  • Paula Marantz Cohen

  • Paula Marantz Cohen is a Distinguished Professor of English at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and the author of Jane Austen in Boca as well as five scholarly nonfiction books. She lives in Moorestown, New Jersey.
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