This is the first book I have read by this author and, although it took a while to get used to the writing style, I found that I did actually enjoy it as a light-hearted read.
The basic premise of a book club meeting once a month to discuss Jane Austen was what initially drew me to this book as I have read all Austen’s work, albeit quite a while ago, however there is not so much book discussion as general life and daily issues to contend with. I admit that I was, on occasion, quite confused about which character and time frame the book was currently focused on as it continually flipped between present day and flashbacks to the past. I did enjoy finding out about the life’s of each character as I read through and how they had all finally become ‘The Jane Austen Book Club’.
The six individuals within the book each have their own story to tell that generally depicts a defining moment which shapes them into who they become. In some cases it is from childhood but others it is during their adult life.
This book is about love, friendship, relationships and finding yourself. You are never too old to achieve any of these.
I do feel an urge to reread my Austen collection now!
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.