Love, Sex and Money

by Sharleen Cooper Cohen



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/3/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 578
ISBN : 9781412009331
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 1
ISBN : 9781412215480

About the Book

It begins on graduation day in Berkley 1962: the story of three women, friends for life, whose passion and ambitions are fueled by love, sex and money, and whose dreams are shaped by the torrent of history that changed women's lives forever.

Pam dreams about what no woman has ever achieved--creating new buildings in that city of buildings, New York. Escaping from the poverty of her youth, Pam races east across the continent to join her divorced father, who was in real estate himself, and is stunned by his rejection. Alone, with no resources but her unique beauty, she must make a detour in her plans through the world of high-fashion modeling. A torrid affair with a dangerous and powerful man from the world of organized crime threatens to destroy her, but the city-building dream remains her guiding star. The friendship of her classmates from Berkley is the one constant in her turbulent life.

Trish, born into a conservative Southern California family, is drawn by her artistic gift to the "love culture" of the sixties. Her uncontrollable passion for a seductive art professor and a degrading interlude with drugs traps her in a profound despair from which she struggles to return to her artistic vision.

Hillary, who discovers domestic fulfillment in an early marriage, is content to watch her friends succeed professionally, until a desire to protect her family and a love for environmental justice whet her appetite for a political career.

Three women, three dreams, three destinies--love, sex, and money form the tapestry of their lives, but friendship remains the loom in this unforgettable tale of pleasure, passion, and power.

About the Author

Sharleen Cooper Cohen began her business career by creating a highly successful interior design firm. After a decade as a designer, she turned to writing novels. Seven published novels later (The Day After Tomorrow, Regina's Song, The Ladies of Beverly Hills, Marital Affairs, Love Sex and Money, Lives of Value and Innocent Gestures), over two million copies of her books are in print in the U.S., Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, China and The United Kingdom. Three of them have been optioned for film and television. During her career as a novelist, she toured the United States numerous times, appearing at speaking engagements, book signings and on television and radio.

In 1995, her interest turned to the theatre and she wrote her first musical, Sheba, which she co-produced with the Jewish Repertory Theatre, Off-Broadway in New York. Sheba was one of the JRT's most successful productions and garnered an excellent New York Times review. The Sheba CD was released in January 2000 by Original Cast Records.

Since Sheba premiered, she was associate producer of Street Corner Symphony on Broadway and also produced Jerry Herman's The Best of Times at the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End. In January of 1999, she produced Cookin' at the Cookery, the story of Alberta Hunter, in conjunction with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

Her musical, Stormy Weather, the story of Lena Horne, had its first reading in New York in December 1998. Readings produced by Broadway On Sunset in Los Angeles in September 1999, featured a cast that included Barbara McNair, Tamara Tunie, Kelly Britt, Dennis Cole, and Ron Glass. Additional readings, directed by Billie Allen, were held in New York in October 2000. Produced by Amas Musical Theatre, the cast included Phylicia Rashad, Ruth Williamson, Tamara Tunie and Dennis Parlato. Stormy Weather was awarded Honorable Mention in the Stage Play Script Category of the 2000 Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Amas Musical Theatre also produced readings in New York in September and October 2001 with choreography by Hope Clarke. Billie Allen directed a cast that included Phylicia Rashad, Richard White, Ruth Williamson and Tamara Tunie. Luther Henderson was the orchestrator, arranger and musical supervisor.

Her original musical, Blackout, with music by award-winning composer Debra Barsha, had its first reading in April 2002, presented by The Amas 6 O'Clock Musical Theatre Lab. Directed by Allison Bergmann, the cast included Marcy McGuigan, Joseph Sirvano, Nina Hennessey and J.T. Horenstein.

A production of Sheba, a community outreach project bringing together the African-American and Jewish communities in an entertainment experience, is planned for 2004 in Los Angeles. This production, which has the support of both religious communities, may be the first of its kind and will serve as a blueprint for a national tour.

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