Jane Austen in Scarsdale or Love, Death, and the SATS
What would a latter-day Jane Austen say about love, death, and the SATs? Anne Ehrlich is a dedicated guidance counselor steering her high school charges through the perils of college admission. Years ago, when she was graduating from Columbia, her wealthy family persuaded her to give up the love of her life, Ben Cutler, a poor boy from Brooklyn College. Anne has never married and hasn’t seen Ben for 13 years-until his nephew turns up in her high school and applying to college. Can old love be rekindled, or are past mistakes too painful to forget?
“Jane Austen in Scarsdale by Paula Marantz Cohen. Inspired by Austen’s Persuasion, Cohen’s tale focuses on a high-school administrator confronted by a love she once rejected. Smart and funny, it’s a gem.” —People Magazine
“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, former Assistant Secretary of Education and author of The Language Police
“Unabashedly entertaining reading…touching and not a little wise. Written with intelligent wit and a piercingly perceptive view of the crazy college-admission scramble, Jane Austen in Scarsdale is exactly what good light fiction should be. A Compelling story well told, regardless of the century.” –Tanya Barrientos — The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Cohen has hit a bull’s-eye in describing the lengths to which parents (and sometimes students) will go to gain entry to the best colleges, where applicants often have only a 10 percent chance of being admitted as freshmen.” –– Education Next