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Sarah Shoemaker

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Sarah Shoemaker grew up in a suburb of Chicago and now lives in a little village in northern Michigan. When she was in the third grade, she knew she wanted to be a writer, but it has been a long and circuitous path to get there. She has been a teacher, a wife, a stay-at-home mom, a librarian and, finally, a published writer.
MR. ROCHESTER, coming out May 9, 2017, is the story of the strange, sometimes imperious, sometimes playful, man that Jane Eyre falls in love with. Sarah got the idea for the book from her book group. As they discussed JANE EYRE, their discussion, not surprisingly, fell onto Mr. Rochester as they tried to figure out what Jane saw in him. And why, in a recent poll, he was voted literature's "most romantic fictional charact
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Sarah Shoemaker Yes, indeed, when I first read JANE EYRE, I was intrigued by Mr. Rochester. I wasn't sure what to make of him---he seemed so changeable: angry…moreYes, indeed, when I first read JANE EYRE, I was intrigued by Mr. Rochester. I wasn't sure what to make of him---he seemed so changeable: angry sometimes, tender other times, seemingly attracted to Jane, but also appearing to woo Miss Ingram. And then it turns out that he keeps his insane wife locked away in an upstairs apartment! I didn't really know what to make of all that, but I did feel a sort of compassion for him, for it seemed as if he must have had a difficult past.
It was a later reading, however, that really piqued my interest. My book group read and discussed JANE EYRE, and among the group there were varying opinions about Rochester. What were we supposed to make of this guy? What did Charlotte Bronte intended us to think of him? It seemed to me that Bronte intended us to think that Jane was right in coming back to him---which Jane did, even without knowing that Rochester's wife had died and he was then free to marry. And it seemed clear to me at the end of JANE EYRE that Bronte had written a happy ending for the two of them.
So, as I pondered all that, I thought perhaps someone needed to write Mr. Rochester's story---to write a story that would help the reader understand where he was coming from, what his background might have been, and (I hoped) feel more empathy toward him. In a moment of rash and optimistic ambition, I decided I could be that person. And, yes, I do hope that the reader comes away from MR. ROCHESTER with a feeling of compassion for him.
A couple of months ago I ran across a quote from Toni Morrison that touches exactly what I tried to do: "If there is a book that you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."
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Sarah Shoemaker After a lot of consideration, I think I would like to be in the World War II years in England, the time of JAMBUSTERS (seen on Masterpiece Theater as…moreAfter a lot of consideration, I think I would like to be in the World War II years in England, the time of JAMBUSTERS (seen on Masterpiece Theater as HOME FIRES), THE CHILBURY LADIES' CHOIR, THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL SOCIETY, and EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN, and many other novels. This was a time of serious threat of invasion, but also a time when many men were called to war and women, many of whom had never had a life outside the home, had to step forward and take over what had once been man's work. It was a scary time, but also a time of great emancipation for women and a time when everyone was called upon to be brave and to stand up and bear whatever difficulties occurred. It was not easy, but still freeing. (less)
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