Charlotte by D.M. Thomas
The Final Journey of Jane Eyre

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"Reader, I married him."
A manuscript is discovered purporting to be the work of Charlotte Bronte. The manuscript, both remarkable and surprising, offers a darker, alternative ending to the story of Jane and Mr. Rochester in the classic Jane Eyre.

"Reader, this is a very different picture of my marriage from that which you were presented with in what I would call my "romantic" version. Reality, however, does not often conicide with romance. I will remind you: "When his first born was put into his arms, he could see that the boy had inherited his own eyes as they once were--large, brilliant, and black" Well, events did not quite happen like that."

Freed from the constraints of Victorian modesty and subservience, D.M. Thomas' modern "Jane Eyre" is sexually and politically enlightened, but also troubled and sometimes cruel. Jane's damaged personality resonates at the center of this haunting book.

D.M. Thomas uses the basic elements of Jane Eyre to tease the tangle of Victorian melodrama into a new form. By transporting the action to modern day Martinique, he examines changing patterns of slavery and colonialism. Pursuing the unforgettable characters ofJane and Rochester through time, D.M. Thomas brings them into focus for the modern reader as their sexual and moral actions are starkly and unflinchingly exposed in this deeply entertaining work of imaginative brilliance.

 

About D.M. Thomas

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
 
Published December 1, 2000 by Duckworth Publishing. 288 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Scotland Yard’s Thomas Pitt worries about his fitness as head of Special Branch, a post he officially assumes in early 1896, in bestseller Perry’s suspenseful 27th novel featuring Pitt and his wife, Charlotte (after 2011’s Treason at Lisson Grove).

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Book Reporter

In an obvious attempt to set up Narraway for his murder, Charlotte must now pull out all the stops to find out who is truly behind the plot against him and find a way to free him as things in London are heating up.

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Thomas now finds himself heading up a group that on the one hand is jealous of his elevation to the cherished top spot in the Special Branch, and on the other hand seriously doubts his abilities to handle this new responsibility.

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New Zealand Listener

We wince at the mention of the box, mainstay of the school gym, above which smaller, co-ordinated girls soared prettily while the rest of us, flung against its hard wooden slats, were never going to vault.

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Charlotte Observer

The CSO plays Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis,” William Walton’s Viola Concerto (with soloist Rebekah Newman) and Peter Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.

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