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 wonderâ€¦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).
Praise for Jane Austen in Scarsdale
""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
""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
Acclaim for the Previous Novels of Paula Marantz Cohen
MUCH ADO ABOUT JESSIE KAPLAN
""A brightly comic bookâ€¦[that explores] the redemptive capacity of the literary imaginationâ€¦Highly literate light fiction.""
---Times Literary Supplement
""Unabashedly entertaining readingâ€¦touching and not a little wise.""
---The Philadelphia Inquirer
""A comic tour-de-forceâ€¦as fresh and pungent as an apple cake [that] proves that literary fiction doesn't have to be elegiac in tone to be successful.""
---The Hudson Review
JANE AUSTEN IN BOCA
""Utterly charmingâ€¦think Pride and Prejudice, but with better weather.""
""Page-turner of the weekâ€¦ Austen never schmoozed by the pool with a pack of bronzed yentas, but her Pride plot proves as durable as everâ€¦in this witty romp.""
""Clever, warmheartedâ€¦Cohen's wit is sharp, smart, and satirical, and her characterizations are vividly on target.""
---The San Francisco Chronicle
""While the novel works as a clever remake of Pride and Prejudice, it has equal merit as contemporary social commentary.""
---Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal