The Jane Austen Book Club


Another A – Z Book Challenge book.

From the bookjacket:

In California’s Sacramento Valley, six people meet once a month to discuss Jane Austen’s novels.  They are ordinary people, neither happy nor unhappy, but all wounded in different ways, all mixed up about their lives and their relationships.  Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable and, under the guiding eye of Jane Austen, some of them even fall in love . . .

A thoroughly delightful comedy of contemporary manners.

Alice Sebold’s recommendation on the cover was what prompted me to pick up this book at the library. I am a fan of Jane Austen, particularly Pride and Prejudice so I was interested enough to find out what this book club would come up with.

Five women and one man meet each month to discuss Jane Austen’s novels (“six novels in six months”), and their lives run in the background. There are obviously many references to the Austen novels and even though you may not have read them it would not detract from this story.

At the end of the novel the author has provided a summary of each of the novels mentioned in the Book Club and she has also provided reviews in a timeline from when the books were published up to the present day, including a comment by J.K Rowling.

I would call this a light read with some humour included and it whetted my appetite to read an Austen novel again.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Every few years I reread the 6 novels and the juvenilia, which is a hoot. Love and Freindship is not to be missed. Yes, that’s Austen’s original spelling.

    1. suth2 says:

      I will need to get hold of a copy of the juvenilia. Sounds intriguing.

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