Much Ado About Jessie Kaplan
Carla Goodman is worried. Her husband, a 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?
“Though Cohen’s knack for gentle satire earns some terrific laughs, this buoyant novel’s power stems from the author’s deep sympathy for her conventional characters. She mocks’, yes, but from a place of tremendous understanding.” — Newsday
“A brightly comic book…[that explores] the redemptive capacity of the literary imagination…Highly literate light fiction.” — Times Literary Supplement
“A comic tour-de-force…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