Debut Novel


Molly Kelman, a well-educated, ambitious, mid-thirties, married, mother of two, seeking a new career joins Charles Long, the charismatic, inspirational, and eccentric headmaster of Merritt Country Day in Palm Beach, to build a model school. Despite Molly’s extraordinary success, Charlotte Merritt, MCD’s cofounder, warns Molly that Charles will betray her. Molly, noticing Charles’s flirtatiousness, decides the betrayal will be sexual harassment and guards against innuendoes. A betrayal, unfathomable to Molly’s idealistic values, occurs, sending Molly into despair. She continues working at MCD but ultimately resigns. Parents clamoring for her return put Molly and Charles in awkward positions. School Scandalle readers initially laugh, as a duplicitous Charles and an exasperated Molly traverse academic misadventures, and finally cry over ills befalling education.

© copyright 2004 Marla Weiss  ISBN 9781420801538  6” x 9” paperback


School Scoundrelle is the sequel to School Scandalle.


Molly Kelman, math teacher extraordinaire, returns to Merritt Country Day School in Palm Beach, Florida at the behest of its astute but equally eccentric Headmaster, Charles Long. Deciding that she belongs in the classroom, Molly forgives Charles for his previous academic betrayal. Professional jealousy from the Math Department Chair, math phobia from the Lower School Dean, and academic amateurism from the Middle School Dean all contribute to a problematic experience for Molly. Yet, when Charles promotes one of the threesome to Assistant Headmaster, bearable machinations transform into intolerable persecutions. Molly survives through personal strength rather than Charles’s support.

© copyright 2010 Marla Weiss  ISBN 9781449051556  6” x 9” paperback