Much Ado About Jessie Kaplan Author:Paula Marantz Cohen Paula Marantz Cohen's triumphant first novel, Jane Austen in Boca, was an inspired blend of classic English literature and modern American manners. Her new novel heads north to the seemingly quiet suburban town of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, for a comedy that even Shakespeare couldn't have imagined. — Carla Goodman is worried. Her husband, a ... more »gastroenterologist in private practice, is coming home frazzled because medicine isn't what it used to be. Her son's teachers want to put him on Ritalin to stop him from wreaking havoc on the fifth grade. And her cranky twelve-year-old daughter has a bas mitzvah coming up.
But it's Carla's sweet, widowed mother, Jessie Kaplan, who really has her baffled. Jessie has suddenly "remembered" that she was Shakespeare's girlfriend---the Dark Lady of the sonnets---in a previous life. Can even the famed Dr. Leonard Samuels, psychiatrist and author of the self-help book How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love My Mother-in-Law, help with problems like these?
Witty, engaging, and wickedly observant, Much Ado About Jessie Kaplan is an unpredictable tale of love, loss, and family rites of passage.« less
What a fun read! An intriguing premise, some tidbits about Shakespeare, informative reading (at least for a shiksa) about bar & bat mitzvah customs. And hen lit on top. Love it! Will definitely read more of her work!
Another fun romp through classic lit in modern times from Marantz Cohen. This time, the title character, Jessie Kaplan, is a grandmother living with her daughter and son-in-law and their children, in suburban New Jersey. However, she believes herself to be the reincarnation of Shakespeare's "Dark Lady". Is she meshuggah, or was she once the Bard's great love? A trip to Venice in search of lost sonnets, a reunion with a lost love, a psychiatrist who writes popular self-help books, and the planning of granddaughter Samantha's bat mitzvah, all feature in this enjoyable story.