According to a few pretty reliable sources, Paula Marantz Cohen has a hit on her hands:
“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
“Ms. Cohen is a perceptive, comic writer.”—Wall Street Journal
Suzanne Davis has been waiting for 35 years for her “Mr. Darcy” to come along and complete her otherwise mundane life. Working as a writer and living in a cramped Upper West Side apartment seemed like the perfect recipe to make that happen, but despite her best efforts, nothing is changing in her life. Suzanne Davis Gets A Life by Paula Marants Cohen is a fun, summer beach read that takes you inside the mind of Suzanne and into her inner circle of well meaning friends, overbearing family and quirky coworkers.
The book is written almost as a journal and moves along quickly, but to me seems to be the first novel by this author (although it’s not) because of the repetitive use of idioms and catchphrases (a pet peeve of mine even amongst seasoned authors!) Still, it didn’t stop me from turning page after page as Suzanne meets a variety of new suitors she hopes will stop her biological clock from ticking so loudly.
I didn’t identify with Suzanne at all, from her choice of lifestyle (living alone in New York City…yikes!) to the revolving door of men, to her often annoying personality and rationale behind her choices, but her character development through the story was captivating and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A major bump in the road for Suzanne even made me worry about her and hope for a happy ending despite my initial indifference about her character.
All in all, I’d definitely recommend Suzanne Davis Gets a Life to toss in your pool bag this summer or suggest as a book club selection!
Reviewed by contributor Stephanie Ferber. This post contains an affiliate link, just so you know.