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The Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club
Author: Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN 13: 9780452286535
ISBN 10: 452286530
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: 2005-04-26
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $16.00

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 behaviour 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.

The New York Times Sunday Book Review - Patricia T. O'Conner

In her portrait of a California reading group, Karen Joy Fowler turns a mirror on the gawking, voyeuristic presence that lurks in every story: the reader. What results is Fowler's shrewdest, funniest fiction yet, a novel about how we engage with a novel. You don't have to be a student of Jane Austen to enjoy it, either. At the end are plot synopses of all six Austen novels for the benefit of the forgetful, the uninitiated or the nostalgic.