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Abigail is a lifelong fan of Jane Austen, an editor, and a writer. In addition to the novel An Obstinate, Headstrong Girl, she has published “A Dictionary of Jane Austen's Life and Works” in The Jane Austen Companion and “A Summer in Sanditon” in the Meryton Press short-story collection Sun-Kissed.

To learn more about her recent novel, An Obstinate, Headstrong Girl, visit LitLovers at http://www.litlovers.com/reading-guid... or read excerpts at http://www.obstinateheadstronggirl.com
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Abigail Bok One novel set in the modern day was enough for me; I'm retreating to the nineteenth century! In the course of researching Jane Austen's unfinished nov…moreOne novel set in the modern day was enough for me; I'm retreating to the nineteenth century! In the course of researching Jane Austen's unfinished novel The Watsons, I discovered the small market town of Dorking in Surrey. In the year 1800, it had the most fascinating array of characters and stories--starting with a tragicomic figure known as the Walking Dunghill. I am working on a series of novels based on these stories, called Darking Hundred (Darking was what the residents called the town in 1800). The first one, Coldharbour Gentlemen, will tell the tale of the area's smugglers, from the point of view of an eleven-year-old boy.(less)
Abigail Bok Interesting question, Gary! I like to imagine not, but I suspect there are snippets of me—perhaps whole chunks—in my characters. I made Elizabeth a ga…moreInteresting question, Gary! I like to imagine not, but I suspect there are snippets of me—perhaps whole chunks—in my characters. I made Elizabeth a gardener because I love gardening and find it grounding when my life is in turmoil. When I was younger, I used to take up causes in the earnest way she does, without fully understanding the ramifications for myself and others; like her, I had to learn to stop and listen to others. And I drew some of the snobbery of the other characters from the self-satisfied, superior attitudes of my college-era peers, attitudes I had to unlearn pretty quickly in the wider world.

Perhaps the answer is that I was retracing my own path to growth in the arc of the story. The details were different but the themes were the same.(less)
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All Things Austenesque

Over the weekend I had the honor of speaking on a panel of Austenesque authors before the Jane Austen Society of North America’s Northern California chapter.

It was a bit of a tough crowd: polite, but the majority were unconvinced of the value of spinoffs, variations, and reimaginings of the Goddess’s novels. Surely rereading the novels is enough! Still, we all—Emmy Madrigal, Jeanette Watts, Reina Read more of this blog post »
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Coldharbour Gentlemen (History)
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Abigail Bok Barbara wrote: "Hi Abigail,

I've sent you several messages through the message link on the Goodreads website. I'd like to continue talking offline about Los Angeles history and the Tongva. All my messages get the..."


That’s so weird! But I did get this one—maybe because you sent it through my profile page? The ways of Goodreads can be mysterious. Would love to continue the chat.

In addition to the little Zanja Madre pocket park in downtown L.A., there’s another site I haven’t visited in years: the native spring on the grounds of University High School. In the past it wasn’t necessary to obtain permission to go on the grounds, but that may have changed. I participated in a planting and ceremony there back in, probably, the 1990s. The California Conservation Corps tree-planting unit (which was headed by an old friend, Peter Lassen, whose memorial is by chance tomorrow) collaborated with the Tongva elders to plant sacred plants around the spring and reconsecrate it. I don’t know whether it has been maintained.

All best, Abigail


Barbara Crane Hi Abigail,

I've sent you several messages through the message link on the Goodreads website. I'd like to continue talking offline about Los Angeles history and the Tongva. All my messages get the response that Goodreads doesn't recognize your name. Can you tell me how we can continue to talk?

Thanks,
Barbara


Sophia Howdy, Abigail!

I didn't realize we weren't already friended right and tight. :) Good catch on your part.

Enjoy your insightful comments in the group and on reviews. See you around GR!


Abigail Bok I'm pretty new to Goodreads as well, and am finding it occasionally baffling. Isn't it wonderful, though? All these people who wish to chat about Jane Austen!

It sounds as if you have ambitions to be a real Jane Austen scholar! I found a link for you to an online version of the text of her nephew's memoir: http://labrocca.com/ja/

For more about me, you can visit my profile by clicking on the image of me that should come with this message. Look forward to chatting with you again, both on the discussion boards and offline, like this!


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Mrs Benyishai I am glad to be your friend but I am not quite sure how this works. A bit about myself I have been a JA reader for many years but I have not had with whom to dicuss my insights and thoughts with. My friends think I am nuts. I have tried to initiate study groups and book club sessions but to no avail last fall I went to a JA seminar at the WI with Hazel Jones and it was a great experience.I would like to read Chapmans articles and the biography by her nephew but cannot locate them Most of the books mentioned on Goodreads are not available here and of course it is very expensive to order and send from Amazon. the next time I will write and start asking some questions which novel should I start with your friend (MRS) Miryam Ben Yishai


message 1: by Mrs

Mrs Benyishai I am glad to be your friend but I am not quite sure how this works. A bit about myself I have been a JA reader for many years but I have not had with whom to dicuss my insights and thoughts with. My friends think I am nuts. I have tried to initiate study groups and book club sessions but to no avail last fall I went to a JA seminar at the WI with Hazel Jones and it was a great experience.I would like to read Chapmans articles and the biography by her nephew but cannot locate them Most of the books mentioned on Goodreads are not available here and of course it is very expensive to order and send from Amazon. the next time I will write and start asking some questions which novel should I start with your friend (MRS) Miryam Ben Yishai


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