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The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
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Jan 03, 09

bookshelves: fiction, booksaboutbooks, queerlit, american-lit, genderfuck
Read in June, 2007

What a wonderful surprise. This was great, so much more than the light, fluffy lit it would seem to be. Fowler's story follows six protagonists as they read Austen's six novels, with each character linked to a specific novel; it's very cleverly, subtly done. There are some fantastic narrative tricks—none of which seems showoff-y: parts of the novel are written in the first person plural, the collective "we" of the book group; the book concludes with the characters' hilarious "discussion questions" to you, the novel's readers. There's also some interesting stuff about gender; I especially liked Grigg, the club's sole male, whom Fowler reveals to be "a born heroine." This book made me incredibly happy. Though the real question is, of course, whether it would pass the Siria True Austenite test. *peers at her*
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