Five women and one
man meet monthly to discuss six books by Jane Austen. The novel takes on the recent phenomenon of
book clubs, pays homage to the work of Jane Austen, and blends in the stories,
often humorous, of the book club members.
As the months progress, the stories of the book club members show the
differences in attitude and community from the days of Austen’s novels.
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 the Author
Karen Joy Fowler, A PEN/Faulkner and Dublin IMPAC nominee, is the author of "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Sarah Canary, The Sweetheart Season, Wit's End, Black Glass: Short Fictions," and "Sister Noon."