Kathleen A. Flynn

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Kathleen A. Flynn, a native of tiny Falls Village, Conn., and currently living in Brooklyn, feels odd describing herself in the third person, so she will stop that now.

I am the author of one novel (The Jane Austen Project -- read it!) and currently at work on another. I think it will be called The Bronte Anomaly. I have a lot to figure out before it's done, but I am mildly hopeful.

I work at The New York Times as an editor in The Upshot section and live with a husband (who is from Poland) and a dog (who is a smooth fox terrier).

I also love to read books, and like to comment on them here at Goodreads. I try to say something about each one I read, though some reviews are longer than others, and I've stopped giving stars. It feels too absolute

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Kathleen A. Flynn Hi Jessica -- thank you! Sorry I just saw this question. Yes, I have thought about it. I'm currently trying to decide if I think it is a good idea.
Kathleen A. Flynn Nanette, thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts!

I was inspired to write this because I wished to go back in time myself and meet Jane…more
Nanette, thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts!

I was inspired to write this because I wished to go back in time myself and meet Jane Austen, but realized it was impossible, at least with our current technology. :) I could only imagine doing so, in a story.

The research took several years, in between other things because I also have a job unrelated to Austen and the 19th century. I wanted it to feel as real as possible, so there were lots of things I needed to learn.(less)
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The Jane Austen Project

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Dramatizing the Brontes: “The Art of Sisters”

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Jane Austen and the Brontës had a lot in common, as clergymen’s daughters, educated but poor, geniuses in a world with little use for brilliant women. Charlotte was famously dismissive of Austen – “the Passions are perfectly unknown to her.”

But what would Austen have thought about them?

The theater-lover in her at least probably would have enjoyed a recent performance I saw: “The...

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Kathleen’s Recent Updates

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
" She does have a very engaging style of writing! I will have to try her fiction. I think this title intrigued me more than the other two: I don't know ...more "
Flash Count Diary by Darcey Steinke
"Rating this is hard, because this book wasn't exactly what I wanted it to be, but it is important and essential for starting the discussion.
Menopause is hard, not because we all have the kind of overwhelming hot flashes the author does (I didn't)..." Read more of this review »
Flash Count Diary by Darcey Steinke
"I've found it difficult to find books or online articles about menopause that aren't heavily weighted for either favour or disdain of hormone replacement. I have my personal tendency about how I would prefer to travel this path, but I've been want..." Read more of this review »
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Flash Count Diary by Darcey Steinke
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This was a quick and enjoyable read that brought a lot of seemingly disparate things together, like killer whales and menopause. The latter being something that is universal to women but largely invisible in popular culture, not unlike menopausal wom ...more
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The Gothic by Nick Groom
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It is, as promised, a very short introduction. An entertaining romp through the centuries uniting various strands of history, literature, politics, architecture, film, music and fashion that have in some way come under the heading of "Gothic."

It was
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Past and Present by Thomas Carlyle
"Carlyle was one of the most prominent writers and thinkers of the mid 19th century. This is a short polemical work he knocked off as a break from a writing a serious history. It is mostly Carlyle opining about the social ills of his time, but wrap..." Read more of this review »
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" I can't decide if I think this is horribly sexist (on the part of the character, not the writer) or strangely insightful. Michel Faber has a special s ...more "
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The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
She had the sort of face that was beautiful only if she watched her diet and didn’t get much older than she was now. As soon as age or over-indulgence filled out her cheeks and thickened her neck, even a little, she would cross a line from elfin allure into mannish homeliness. He felt sad for her, sad about the ease with which her physical destiny could be read by anyone who cared to cast a glance over her, sad about the matter-of-factness with which her genes stated the limits of what they were willing to do for her in the years to come, sad in the knowledge that she was at her peak now and ...more
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The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
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This book was delightfully weird and emotionally involving and thoroughly riveting. One of those books where I was just waiting for the rest of the non-reading day to pass so I could swipe open my kindle and get back into it. Although at the same tim ...more
Kathleen Flynn is 75% done with The Book of Strange New Things: This has gotten almost unbearably exciting.
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
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“I suspected he looked down on me as an American, and he seldom got my jokes. He’d be terrible in bed. I put my odds of sleeping with him before the mission had ended at 70 percent.”
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“I am not entirely persuaded that selling a book is like selling a pig.”
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“Unfortunately, the only women who get to wander around London after dark are whores.”
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“The last impression will have been good—one woman rendering homage to a poet and another mopping spilt coffee from the trousers of a critic. Things like that aren’t as trivial as you might think.”
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“Prudence’s flat was in the kind of block where Jane imagined people might be found dead, though she had never said this to Prudence herself; it seemed rather a macabre fancy and not one to be confided to an unmarried woman living alone.”
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“She had been feeling that things were pretty desperate if one found oneself talking about and almost quoting Matthew Arnold to comparative strangers, though anything was better than having to pretend you had winter and summer curtains when you had just curtains.”
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“Jane wanted to agree and to offer him the broken dwarf, perhaps for Constance’s grave, as a kind of comment on the futility of earthly love, but instead she said gently, ‘You must make Jessie happy. That will be the right thing for you now.”
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