Suzanne Davis Gets a Life (Google eBook)

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Paul Dry Books, Apr 3, 2014 - Fiction - 227 pages
22 Reviews

"Incredibly charming…Suzanne Davis Gets a Life has an emotional honesty and moments of real wisdom."—Philadelphia Inquirer

Cohen "portrays timeless and universal challenges through a buoyant combination of humor, pathos, and gumption."—Booklist

"Suzanne Davis Gets a Life isn't just seriously entertaining, it's entertainingly serious…I want my romantic comedy heroines to have wit, but I want them to have character too, and be as interested in the world as in themselves. Paula Marantz Cohen has given me all of that."—Margo Jefferson

A "witty commentary on contemporary life, enriched by a funny, flawed, and likable heroine."—Kirkus

"Ms. Cohen is a perceptive, comic writer."—Wall Street Journal

Suzanne Davis lounges around her tiny New York City apartment in her pajamas, writing press releases for the International Association of Air-Conditioning Engineers, listening to the ticking of her biological clock, and wondering where life is taking her. As her 35th birthday looms, Suzanne embarks on a wrong-headed, but very funny, quest—to find Mr. Right and start the family she hopes will give meaning to her life. 

Her quest plunges us into the world of her Upper West Side apartment building, a world of overly invested mothers, fanatical dog-owners, curmudgeonly longtime residents, and young (and not so young) professionals. All are keenly observed by Suzanne, whose witty self-deprecation endears her to us even as it makes us want to shake some sense into her. 

Light in its tone but incisive in its social satire, Suzanne Davis Gets a Life balances its wit with true concern for its protagonist. We can’t help but wish Suzanne success in “getting a life.” But can such a search possibly yield the meaning she craves? When her extremely annoying mother arrives on the scene, it appears that her plan has been hijacked. But serious illness opens her to new people and a new perspective. She ends by getting a life—even as she may lose one. 
  

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User Review  - Ann - Goodreads

When Suzanne hits 34 years old she decides that she has to come up with a new plan to meet Mr. Right. She starts by joining the book club in her apartment building and getting to know her neighbors ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alyssa - Goodreads

I wanted to love this book..I really did. I started out liking the narrator Suzanne but was quickly bored after a few chapters. She had her witty moments that made me smile, but for the most part she is just irritating. This book was just ok. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
22
Section 4
30
Section 5
42
Section 6
47
Section 7
66
Section 8
70
Section 19
123
Section 20
130
Section 21
136
Section 22
142
Section 23
148
Section 24
153
Section 25
163
Section 26
172

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
87
Section 13
90
Section 14
95
Section 15
106
Section 16
114
Section 17
118
Section 18
120
Section 27
178
Section 28
182
Section 29
190
Section 30
196
Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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About the author (2014)

Paula Marantz Cohen’s novels include Jane Austen in Scarsdale or Love, Death and the SATs; Jane Austen in Boca; and the recent What Alice Knew: A Most Curious Tale of Henry James and Jack the Ripper. Cohen is Distinguished Professor of English at Drexel University, and is host of the weekly public television program The Drexel Interview.

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