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The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
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Apr 09, 12

bookshelves: favorites-of-2012, fiction, read-in-2012, historical-fiction
Read in April, 2012

Advertised as a modern retelling of Jane Eyre that read more like a modern retelling of Cinderella, Oliver Twist and Jane Eyre rolled together. The best compliment I can give is that I enjoyed it more than Bronte's original. Gemma is a compelling protagonist and the prose was readable and engrossing. While it was set in the 1970s, the atmosphere had the timelessness of "Never Let Me Go", which I also loved.

It was great getting to spend so much time in Gemma's younger days, and though I enjoyed them together very much, I was glad that only about a quarter of the book deals with her relationship with the Rochester character, Hugh Sinclair. Her struggles and coming-of-age are thoroughly modern, much more about her search for her family history, her identity and purpose in life, than whether she would end up with a guy.
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