Authour: Karen Joy Fowler
Length: 250 pages
How long it took me to read: A day and a half
What it's about:
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.
The ending is the most important part: The group finishes the books and everything is resolved. The end.
Last word: I loved this book. I devoured this book. What a lovely book!! Go ahead and read it whether you're an Austen fan or not, you will love these characters!
Spoilers after the jump:
What a relief!! I was so hoping that I would enjoy this book as the movie is one of my favourites. Having read two books that I hated in a row, I was really worried about this one, but phew, I'm okay. I gobbled this book up. The characters are lovely and delicious, Fowler's description of California's Central Valley is wonderful and beautiful and perfect. I felt like I was there.
I loved how flawed and delightful the characters were. I'm a sucker for characters and this book is nothing but characters.
I'm not going to go into massive detail because I want you to read this book.
I desperately want to be friends with these people. Especially Bernadette. I want to be Jocelyn, but I also sort of want to be Sylvia. I want to be with Grigg, but have a husband like Prudie's. I love Prudie so much, I just want to give her a hug and a cup of tea and tell her that everything will be okay.
Just go read the book. It's so lovely.
A reviewer said "If I could eat this book I would." I agree. It's delicious.