This one’s going to be short, folks. I’m about to move – again – and I don’t have time to do this book the justice it deserves.
The Jane Austen Book Club, by Karen Joy Fowler, is a crisp, smart novel about a group of women (and one man) who come together to read Jane Austen. The book flashes back to their pasts and delves into their relationships. Their lives parallel the Austen books they are reading, but not in a heavy-handed, kitschy kind of way. More in a I-Really-Ought-to-Reread-Emma-So-I-Can-Get-the-Nuanced-Allusions kind of way.
So, indeed, I am rereading Emma on my phone and will move on to the rest of the Austen books I haven’t read in awhile. Then I’ll reread Fowler’s book. I think this one has a lot to offer and is worth that kind of investment.