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A collection of short stories celebrating Charlotte Bronte, published in the year of her bicentenary and stemming from the now immortal words from her great work Jane Eyre. The twenty-one stories in Reader, I Married Him - one of the most celebrated lines in fiction - are inspired by Jane Eyre and shaped by its perennially fascinating themes of love, compromise and self-determination. A bohemian wedding party takes an unexpected turn for the bride and her daughter; a family trip to a Texan waterpark prompts a life-changing decision; Grace Poole defends Bertha Mason and calls the general opinion of Jane Eyre into question. Mr Rochester reveals a long-kept secret in Reader, She Married Me , and The Mirror boldly imagines Jane's married life after the novel ends. A new mother encounters an old lover after her daily swim and inexplicably lies to him, and a fitness instructor teaches teenage boys how to handle a pit bull terrier by telling them Jane Eyre's story. Edited by Tracy Chevalier, this collection brings together some of the finest and most creative voices in fiction today, to celebrate and salute the strength and lasting relevance of Charlotte Bronte's game-changing novel and its beloved narrator.
'The success of this book owes much to [Chevalier's] enthusiasm ... it's quite amazing to see the quality of work on show'
'These stories will enrich and complicate future readings of Jane Eyre, as the best fan fiction should ... If Bronte was going to drop in on any of the celebrations for her bicentenary, I can't help but think she would get a kick out of this collection'
'A terrific set of stories by some of our leading novelists, each of whom engages with a chosen aspect of Jane Eyre'
THE NEW STATESMAN
'This collection is stormy, romantic, strong - the Full Bronte'
'A clever idea well-executed; a treat for fans of short fiction and for Bronte's many ardent fans'
'Exemplary...written by some of today's best female writers'
THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
'Absorbing and entertaining, READER, I MARRIED HIM is an inventive and a satisfying tribute to a great novel'
'These pieces create a beguiling picture of women and men and desire, in which everyone is searching, like Jane, for happiness and wondering whether marriage is really an answer. The book acts as a prism spreading all kinds of literary and historical refractions, and it's a reminder that Charlotte Bronte, too, has many sides'
GLOBE AND MAIL
Publication date: 20/04/2017
Publication date: 07/04/2016
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||20th April 2017|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Sagas and Romance, Shorter Reads,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Tracy Chevalier is the author of six previous novels, including the international bestseller Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Virgin Blue, Falling Angels, The Lady and the Unicorn, Burning Bright and Remarkable Creatures. Born in Washington, DC, she moved to London in 1984, where she lives with her husband and son. The film of Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Colin Firth as Vermeer, was released in the UK in January. It was nominated for 10 BAFTAs and two Academy Awards. Photograph © Eammon McCabeMore About Tracy Chevalier