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Jane Eyre never had this much fun!  Lindsay Faye’s rollicking homage to Charlotte Bronte’s famous novel gives us likable characters who are a lot more able to take matters into their own hands.  Jane Steele’s father dies before she is old enough to know the man, her mother adores her but Jane’s life is blighted by her aunt who hates both mother and daughter and by her cousin who torments the young girl. Jane’s mum is French and beautiful, an unforgivable combination from her dumpy aunt’s perspective.  Jane’s father was rich, very.  It is confusing to the young girl that she occupies a small cottage on the edge of the estate with her mother while the disagreeable aunt lives in splendor in the manor house.  Things get even worse; Jane is orphaned and put under her aunt’s control.  Before she is sent to an austere boarding school there is another tragedy, of sorts.  Taking a clue from Bronte, Faye’s Jane states plainly, “Reader I murdered him”, slightly different from Bronte’s married but more effective in the circumstances.  This is young Jane’s first murder, more will follow as her situation changes and she tries to keep her pretty neck out of the hangman’s noose.  When she has grown into quite a beautiful young woman, she learns that her aunt has died and the estate has gone to Mr. Charles Thornfield who is seeking a governess for his ward.  Intrigued, Jane applies.  As a child, her mother told her the estate would be hers.  Now she wants to find out if she truly is an heiress while staying incognito.  She is in for more adventure, Charles is quite a handful, good looking to boot, and his butler, Sardar Singh, has a presence that belies more than the position of a servant.  Charles was reared in India, he returned to England with his ward when he learned of his inheritance.  Everyone has secrets, and Faye has a brilliantly good time revealing them to the reader.  I would be delighted if the characters return in future books, reading about them is sheer joy.

— Deon Stonehouse

Jane Eyre never had this much fun!  Lindsay Faye’s rollicking homage to Charlotte Bronte’s famous novel gives us likable characters who are a lot more able to take matters into their own hands.  Jane Steele’s father dies before she is old enough to know the man, her mother adores her but Jane’s life is blighted by her aunt who hates both mother and daughter and by her cousin who torments the young girl. Jane’s mum is French and beautiful, an unforgivable combination from her dumpy aunt’s perspective.  Jane’s father was rich, very.  It is confusing to the young girl that she occupies a small cottage on the edge of the estate with her mother while the disagreeable aunt lives in splendor in the manor house.  Things get even worse; Jane is orphaned and put under her aunt’s control.  Before she is sent to an austere boarding school there is another tragedy, of sorts.  Taking a clue from Bronte, Faye’s Jane states plainly, “Reader I murdered him”, slightly different from Bronte’s married but more effective in the circumstances.  This is young Jane’s first murder, more will follow as her situation changes and she tries to keep her pretty neck out of the hangman’s noose.  When she has grown into quite a beautiful young woman, she learns that her aunt has died and the estate has gone to Mr. Charles Thornfield who is seeking a governess for his ward.  Intrigued, Jane applies.  As a child, her mother told her the estate would be hers.  Now she wants to find out if she truly is an heiress while staying incognito.  She is in for more adventure, Charles is quite a handful, good looking to boot, and his butler, Sardar Singh, has a presence that belies more than the position of a servant.  Charles was reared in India, he returned to England with his ward when he learned of his inheritance.  Everyone has secrets, and Faye has a brilliantly good time revealing them to the reader.  I would be delighted if the characters return in future books, reading about them is sheer joy.

— Deon Stonehouse

April 2016 Indie Next List


“It would be the easy way out for me to describe Jane Steele as an utterly delightful and charmingly murderous retelling of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. However, I am honor-bound to inform readers that Faye has created much more than that: she has spun a snappy, tongue-in-cheek masterpiece that both thrills readers to the bone and expertly plucks their heartstrings in all the right places. One can't help but cheer on the tenacious Steele as she drinks, swears, stabs, and gallops her way through her quest to find love, home, and self, while stepping delicately over the bodies of her tormentors -- so as not to ruin her dress -- along the way. An absolutely marvelous book!”
— Rebecca Speas (E), One More Page, Arlington, VA

Description


Nominated for the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Novel

The reimagining of Jane Eyre as a gutsy, heroic serial killer that The New York Times Book Review calls "wonderfully entertaining" and USA Today describes as "sheer mayhem meets Victorian propriety."

"A thrill ride of a novel. A must read for lovers of Jane Eyre, dark humor, and mystery."
--PopSugar.com

"Reader, I murdered him."

A sensitive orphan, Jane Steele suffers first at the hands of her spiteful aunt and predatory cousin, then at a grim school where she fights for her very life until escaping to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law while penning macabre "last confessions" of the recently hanged, Jane thrills at discovering an advertisement. Her aunt has died and her childhood home has a new master: Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess.

Burning to know whether she is in fact the rightful heir, Jane takes the position incognito and learns that Highgate House is full of marvelously strange new residents--the fascinating but caustic Mr. Thornfield, an army doctor returned from the Sikh Wars, and the gracious Sikh butler Mr. Sardar Singh, whose history with Mr. Thornfield appears far deeper and darker than they pretend. As Jane catches ominous glimpses of the pair's violent history and falls in love with the gruffly tragic Mr. Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: Can she possess him--body, soul, and secrets--without revealing her own murderous past?

A satirical romance about identity, guilt, goodness, and the nature of lies, by a writer who Matthew Pearl calls "superstar-caliber" and whose previous works Gillian Flynn declared "spectacular," Jane Steele is a brilliant and deeply absorbing book inspired by Charlotte Bronte's classic Jane Eyre.

About the Author


Lyndsay Faye is the author of five critically acclaimed books: Dust and Shadow; The Gods of Gotham, which was nominated for an Edgar for Best Novel; Seven for a Secret; The Fatal Flame; and Jane Steele. Faye, a true New Yorker in the sense she was born elsewhere, lives in New York City with her husband, Gabriel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399169496
ISBN-10: 0399169490
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2016
Pages: 432
Language: English