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First Impressions

First Impressions

Marilyn Sachs

Roaring Brook Press

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" I read on. And then it happens. On page 89. Mary is humiliated, and I know I have to step in. There she is, in an ill-fitting, wine-colored gown that doesn't do anything for her mousy complexion, gathering up her music, when I pass by, and spill my glass of punch right on her dress. I turn, and there is Kevin, dressed in a scarlet coat and all the rest of the uniform of a British Soldier, circa 1811. 'What are you doing here?' I ask. 'Well, this is the part I'm up to in the book.'"

The smart middle child in a blue-collar family identifies with Mary, the middle child in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. When Alice enters Mary's world and makes changes in both their lives, she learns that first impressions aren't always right.

Praise for First Impressions

"Told in Alice’s plainspoken voice, Sachs uses Austen as a leitmotif, and even lets Alice and her boyfriend Kevin appear in Austen’s narrative now and then ... [S]he also provides enough phone chat, mall shopping and family lore to make it all sweetly contemporary and much fun to read." - Kirkus Reviews -

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Marilyn Sachs

Marilyn Sachs, author of Lost in America, is also the author of more than 40 award-winning books, including A Pocket Full of Seeds, and the National Book Award finalist The Bear's House. She is a lifetime member of the Jane Austen Society and founder of its San Francisco branch.

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