The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

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The Jane Austen Book Club showcases some smart postmodern devices, but sometimes the compelling novel that houses them makes them easy to overlook.
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In California’s central valley, five women and one man join to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. Over the six months they get together, marriages are tested, affairs begin,
unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. With her eye for the frailties of human behavior and her ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Karen Joy Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters more appealing. The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationships.

Dedicated Austenites will delight in unearthing the echoes of Austen that run through the novel, but most readers will simply enjoy the vision and voice that, despite two centuries of separation, unite two great writers of brilliant social comedy.

 

About Karen Joy Fowler

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Karen Joy Fowler is the author of three story collections and six novels, one a national bestseller, another a PEN/Faulkner finalist, and all New York Times Notable Books. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.
 
Published April 26, 2005 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 316 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by Keith Phipps on Jan 07 2004

The Jane Austen Book Club showcases some smart postmodern devices, but sometimes the compelling novel that houses them makes them easy to overlook.

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