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Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death, and the SATs

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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).

Review:

"Cohen tackled a Jane Austen plot once before, in Jane Austen in Boca (2003). In this novel, she pays witty homage to Persuasion — with a twist that wrings modern meaning out of the word — as she explores the lengths to which a high school guidance counselor goes to get her privileged students into college. Head of guidance at Fenimore High, Anne Ehrlich is knee-deep in worried students, demanding parents and the politics of college admissions when her old flame Ben Cutler returns to Scarsdale and enrolls his nephew in Fenimore. Anne's beloved granny — the only trustworthy relative in her family of self-centered social climbers — talked Anne into dumping Ben 13 years before, when he was a travel agency peon. Since then, he's become a successful travel writer and hooked a beautiful, worldly fiancée. Pulled back into Ben's orbit by his college-bound nephew, Anne can't hide from her long-suppressed feelings anymore — but she'll try her best by getting involved with grieving poet Peter Jacobson. Endearing and fun, this narrative will ring true for anyone who's had a peek into the madness of college admissions, as well as anyone who's been unlucky in love." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Cohen's novel is part witty satire...and part love story, guaranteeing Austenites and lovers of romantic comedy in general will cotton to this charming modernization of one of Austen's best novels." Booklist

Review:

"[A] fulfilling read. Sure to be popular with Cohen's many readers as well as Jane Austen fans. Recommended..." Library Journal

Review:

"Cohen offers astute social commentary on the college admissions process....but the characters lack wit; they're more often pathetic or mean than funny." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of Jane Austen in Boca now offers a witty take on Austen's Persuasion in this story about a guidance counselor who is reunited with the love of her life — the poor boy her wealthy family persuaded her to give up 13 years before.

Synopsis:

"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

Synopsis:

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).

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312325022
Subtitle:
Or Love, Death, and the SATs
Author:
Cohen, Paula Marantz
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Student counselors
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Scarsdale (N.Y.)
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Literary
Publication Date:
20060404
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.682 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Cohen tackled a Jane Austen plot once before, in Jane Austen in Boca (2003). In this novel, she pays witty homage to Persuasion — with a twist that wrings modern meaning out of the word — as she explores the lengths to which a high school guidance counselor goes to get her privileged students into college. Head of guidance at Fenimore High, Anne Ehrlich is knee-deep in worried students, demanding parents and the politics of college admissions when her old flame Ben Cutler returns to Scarsdale and enrolls his nephew in Fenimore. Anne's beloved granny — the only trustworthy relative in her family of self-centered social climbers — talked Anne into dumping Ben 13 years before, when he was a travel agency peon. Since then, he's become a successful travel writer and hooked a beautiful, worldly fiancée. Pulled back into Ben's orbit by his college-bound nephew, Anne can't hide from her long-suppressed feelings anymore — but she'll try her best by getting involved with grieving poet Peter Jacobson. Endearing and fun, this narrative will ring true for anyone who's had a peek into the madness of college admissions, as well as anyone who's been unlucky in love." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Cohen's novel is part witty satire...and part love story, guaranteeing Austenites and lovers of romantic comedy in general will cotton to this charming modernization of one of Austen's best novels."
"Review" by , "[A] fulfilling read. Sure to be popular with Cohen's many readers as well as Jane Austen fans. Recommended..."
"Review" by , "Cohen offers astute social commentary on the college admissions process....but the characters lack wit; they're more often pathetic or mean than funny."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of Jane Austen in Boca now offers a witty take on Austen's Persuasion in this story about a guidance counselor who is reunited with the love of her life — the poor boy her wealthy family persuaded her to give up 13 years before.
"Synopsis" by ,
"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

"Synopsis" by ,
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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