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Brian Cohen

A native New Yorker, Brian Cohen was born in Queens and raised on Long Island. He attended The George Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Accountancy, and St. John's University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. Brian has been practicing law for thirteen years, specializing in complex litigation. He lives in the suburbs of New York City with his wife and daughters, and is working on his second novel.

Awards:
WINNER - 2010 Bronte Prize
WINNER - 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Best First Novel)
WINNER - 2010 Readers Favorite Book Awards (Best General Fiction)
WINNER - 2009 Reader Views Literary Awards (Best Romance)
FINALIST - 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards (Best Fiction)

Brian's Books

Bookseller Cost:
$10.77

The Life O'Reilly
fiction — Literary Fiction
ISBN: 978-1440150272

FINALIST - USA Book News "Best Books 2010" Awards (Best New Fiction)

At once a bittersweet love story and a young lawyer's journey of self-discovery, this auspicious debut delivers an emotional wallop and will move reade …  MORE »

The Life o'Reilly has been honored as the winner of the General Fiction category of the 2010 Readers Favorite Book Awards!

Also, check out Brian Cohen's interview on Plum TV (go to 7:45 on the player to hear Brian)!

After being chastised in the press for turning a cold shoulder to the community, the firm calls upon Nick to help rehabilitate its image by handling its first pro bono case. Nick is asked to represent Dawn Nelson, a domestic violence victim who is fighting for custody of her young son, Jordan. A far cry from Nick's specialty of defending the misdeeds of Corporate America, it is up to Nick to set Dawn and Jordan on a path to a better life. But Nick gets much more than he signed on for, as Dawn forces him to reassess his life choices and, ultimately, be true to himself. Only when Nick finally realizes what is truly important in life does he face his toughest--and possibly final--challenge: a battle for his own survival.

Exploring the flaws of being human and the importance of controlling one's own destiny, The Life O'Reilly reminds us of how precious life is and how quickly and tragically it can change. Written with great empathy, The Life O'Reilly is an emotional and unforgettable tale that will challenge one's expectations of the modern love story and introduces a poignant and sensitive new voice in fiction.    CLOSE »

IndieReader Selects™ Review

Nick O'Reilly is a 36-year-old partner in the prestigious Manhattan law firm of Williams, Gardner, and Schmidt. Though he's devoted to his legal career, there's a side of O'Reilly that knows, even at the onset of this emotionally suspenseful novel, that all is not right with his world. He may have an upscale Central Park South address, but Nick has little time to smell the roses; he's far too busy defending his wealthy, corporate clients.

When his superiors decide to enhance the firm's image by taking on a small portion of pro bono work, O'Reilly receives the wake up call he needs to transform his life. O'Reilly is assigned the first pro bono case, which involves a beautiful young mother who's been raped and abused by her husband. It's O'Reilly's job to represent her in the divorce and custody proceedings, and hopefully to help send her violent husband to jail. But what might have been a simple open and shut case is complicated by the fact that Dawn Nelson, a Brooklyn-based pharmacy technician, makes O'Reilly all too aware of the love and intimacy that he's been missing, and before long their mutual attraction lands him in trouble, threatening his future career. The romance that appears to be his downfall, however, ultimately sparks his rise to power over his own life-even as he must face an unexpected health crisis, and a far tougher adversary than he's ever encountered in a courtroom.

First-time novelist Brian Cohen, who has practiced law for 12 years, adroitly melds legal drama with a compelling love story. Readers will find themselves rooting for charming young Nick O'Reilly in and out of the courtroom.


Bookseller Cost:
$16.77

The Life O'Reilly (Hardcover)
fiction — Literary Fiction
ISBN:

At once a bittersweet love story and a young lawyer's journey of self-discovery, this auspicious debut delivers an emotional wallop and will move readers in unexpected ways.

On the outside, Nick O'Reilly has it all: a high-flying leg …  MORE »

The Life o'Reilly has been honored as the winner of the General Fiction category of the 2010 Readers Favorite Book Awards!

Also, check out Brian Cohen's interview on Plum TV (go to 7:45 on the player to hear Brian)!

After being chastised in the press for turning a cold shoulder to the community, the firm calls upon Nick to help rehabilitate its image by handling its first pro bono case. Nick is asked to represent Dawn Nelson, a domestic violence victim who is fighting for custody of her young son, Jordan. A far cry from Nick's specialty of defending the misdeeds of Corporate America, it is up to Nick to set Dawn and Jordan on a path to a better life. But Nick gets much more than he signed on for, as Dawn forces him to reassess his life choices and, ultimately, be true to himself. Only when Nick finally realizes what is truly important in life does he face his toughest--and possibly final--challenge: a battle for his own survival.

Exploring the flaws of being human and the importance of controlling one's own destiny, The Life O'Reilly reminds us of how precious life is and how quickly and tragically it can change. Written with great empathy, The Life O'Reilly is an emotional and unforgettable tale that will challenge one's expectations of the modern love story and introduces a poignant and sensitive new voice in fiction.    CLOSE »

IndieReader Selects™ Review

Nick O'Reilly is a 36-year-old partner in the prestigious Manhattan law firm of Williams, Gardner, and Schmidt. Though he's devoted to his legal career, there's a side of O'Reilly that knows, even at the onset of this emotionally suspenseful novel, that all is not right with his world. He may have an upscale Central Park South address, but Nick has little time to smell the roses; he's far too busy defending his wealthy, corporate clients.

When his superiors decide to enhance the firm's image by taking on a small portion of pro bono work, O'Reilly receives the wake up call he needs to transform his life. O'Reilly is assigned the first pro bono case, which involves a beautiful young mother who's been raped and abused by her husband. It's O'Reilly's job to represent her in the divorce and custody proceedings, and hopefully to help send her violent husband to jail. But what might have been a simple open and shut case is complicated by the fact that Dawn Nelson, a Brooklyn-based pharmacy technician, makes O'Reilly all too aware of the love and intimacy that he's been missing, and before long their mutual attraction lands him in trouble, threatening his future career. The romance that appears to be his downfall, however, ultimately sparks his rise to power over his own life-even as he must face an unexpected health crisis, and a far tougher adversary than he's ever encountered in a courtroom.

First-time novelist Brian Cohen, who has practiced law for 12 years, adroitly melds legal drama with a compelling love story. Readers will find themselves rooting for charming young Nick O'Reilly in and out of the courtroom.