My Jane Austen Summer by Cindy Jones
A Season in Mansfield Park

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“When one has read the six great Austen novels…and then reread and then reread the six again, one’s only recourse is the company of others equally bereft. Cindy Jones’s My Jane Austen Summer fills the gap with a nourishing Austen-soaked setting, a wonderfully surprising plot, and Lily, a delightfully peculiar heroine.”
—Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club

Author Cindy Jones has a gift for the millions of readers everywhere who have been enchanted by Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and the other wondrous works of the inimitable Austen—not to mention fans of more contemporary delights such as The Jane Austen Book Club. Jones’s My Jane Austen Summer is a delightful, funny, poignant novel in which a contemporary woman—an obsessed Austenphile—learns much about life, love, and herself during one magical summer in England spent re-enacting Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.

 

About Cindy Jones

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Cindy Jones was born in Ohio and grew up in small midwestern towns, reading for escape. She is a winner of the Writers' League of Texas Manuscript Contest, and she lives with her family in Dallas.
 
Published March 29, 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 355 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In despair, having recently been fired for reading Jane on the job, Lily, accompanied by an imaginary guardian angel she’s named My Jane Austen, boards a plane bound for a British festival, Literature Live, dedicated to combining Austen scholarship with Austen role-playing by fans known as Janeites.

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After Lily Berry loses her mother, gets dumped by her boyfriend, and is fired, she finds in her passion for all things Jane Austen (Jane, indeed, is Lily's imaginary friend) an escape route: she travels to England to participate in a Jane Austen re-enacting festival.

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In “My Jane Austen Summer: A Season in Mansfield Park,” author Cindy Jones opens a new door into Austen’s world.

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Marie Claire

Between Jane Austen's own writing, the 50-something films based on them, and the endless books that have stemmed from her work, it's no surprise that another Austen-inspired novel has popped up.

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