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Jane Austen in Scarsdale : or love, death, and the SATs
Cohen, Paula Marantz
Adult Fiction COHEN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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 fiancee. 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. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

This modern take on Persuasion is Cohen's second novel modeled after Austen's work (Jane Austen in Boca was based on Pride and Prejudice) and her third novel to date. The story centers on Anne Ehrlich, a high school guidance counselor in her mid-thirties who is extremely dedicated to her work and her family. Once wealthy, her family has fallen on hard times, and Anne, the responsible one, is forced to oversee the sale of their ancestral home. While Anne appears to have everything in control, one youthful decision still haunts her: her rejection 13 years ago of the love of her life, Ben, who had been deemed unsuitable by Anne's grandmother. Ben, however, has turned out be a successful travel writer, and when he decides to settle down so that his nephew can finish high school at the school where, unbeknown to him, Anne works, she is confronted by the past and the unhappiness she feels. Although the plot in the first part of the novel bogs down around the college application process, superb writing and the appeal of Anne and Ben's relationship eventually make this a fulfilling read. Sure to be popular with Cohen's many readers as well as Jane Austen fans. Recommended for all public libraries.-Karen Core, Detroit P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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