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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a nice Jewish widower must be in want of a wife.

Jane Austen centered her classic novels around "three or four families in a country village." So does Paula Marantz Cohen in this witty twist on Pride and Prejudice---except this time the "village" is Boca Raton, Florida.

Eligible men are scarce in Boca. When good-hearted meddler Carol Newman learns that the wealthy and personable Norman Grafstein has lost his wife, she resolves to marry him off to her lonely mother-in-law, May. Even May's sharp-tongued friend Flo approves of Norman---although Norman's best friend Stan, a cynical professor, keeps getting under Flo's skin.

Will May and Norman eventually find happiness? Will Flo succumb to the charms of the suavely cosmopolitan Mel Shirmer? Misunderstandings abound until love conquers both pride and prejudice in this perceptive, engaging comedy of manners.

Complications and misunderstandings abound in this romantic and perceptive comedy of manners.

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"Utterly charming...think Pride and Prejudice, but with better weather." Vanity Fair

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"[A] kosher teacake of a first novel....A silly trifle but clever and fun." Kirkus Reviews

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"Although certain aspects of the plot seem contrived, this fiction debut by humanities professor Cohen...will amuse readers everywhere." Library Journal

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"Finally, a love story involving characters with grandchildren, social security checks, and membership in AARP!...[B]oth satirical and touching..." Jane Heller, author of The Secret Ingredient

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"I can't imagine a more perfect afternoon than sitting by a pool reading Jane Austen in Boca....Whether you're from Boca, Brooklyn, or Beverly Hills, be sure to make time to read this very funny book." Joan Rivers

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Complications and misunderstandings abound in this romantic and perceptive comedy of manners.

About the Author

Paula Marantz Cohen is Distinguished Professor of English at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She lives in Moorestown, New Jersey, and her in-laws live in Boca Raton, Florida. Her previous non-fiction books include Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth and The Daughter as Reader: Encounters Between Literature and Life. This is her first novel.

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Bookwomyn, June 7, 2008 (view all comments by Bookwomyn)
This slim novel is perfect for lazy summer afternoon reading. Cohen is a gifted writer and it shows in how she weaves the interpersonal relationships of these elders living in a fancy retirement conclave in Florida. The new 'boomer fiction' novels appeal to a wide variety of people but especially to women 'of a certain age.' Since I am one of them ... I liked it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312319755
Author:
Cohen, Paula Marantz
Publisher:
St. Martins Press-3pl
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Retirees
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
Jewish women
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Mothers-in-law
Subject:
Widowers
Subject:
Jewish fiction.
Subject:
Boca Raton
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
9
Publication Date:
October 1, 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.614 in

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Product details 272 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312319755 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Utterly charming...think Pride and Prejudice, but with better weather."
"Review" by , "[A] kosher teacake of a first novel....A silly trifle but clever and fun."
"Review" by , "Although certain aspects of the plot seem contrived, this fiction debut by humanities professor Cohen...will amuse readers everywhere."
"Review" by , "Finally, a love story involving characters with grandchildren, social security checks, and membership in AARP!...[B]oth satirical and touching..."
"Review" by , "I can't imagine a more perfect afternoon than sitting by a pool reading Jane Austen in Boca....Whether you're from Boca, Brooklyn, or Beverly Hills, be sure to make time to read this very funny book."
"Synopsis" by , Complications and misunderstandings abound in this romantic and perceptive comedy of manners.
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