Many of us have read Jane Austen’s novels. If you’re a real fan, you probably have your favorite! In The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler all the characters host and lead the discussion of their favorite Jane Austen books. Chapter by chapter, Fowler uses a different Austen novel to illuminate each of her characters. Jocelyn, a single trainer of dogs is happy with her life as it is, until meeting Grigg at a conference. Sylvia, best friend to Jocelyn, has recently separated from her husband of many years and is trying to pull her life together. Bernadette, the oldest of the group at 67, has experienced life to the hilt and brings her unique perspective on marriage, life and death. Allegra, Sylvia’s daughter, beautiful and daring, tries to help her mother readjust, while dealing with her own relationships. Prudie, the youngest of the group, a high school French teacher, dreams of going to Paris, but never has, as it may not live up to her expectations! Grigg, the only man, is a mystery, a lover of science fiction. He grew up with 3 older sisters, so relating to the other women is relatively easy! The parallels between the six characters and the six novels are illuminating, proving that Jane Austen’s works are just as relevant now, as they were 200 years ago!
The Novel Bunch book club is celebrating its one year anniversary! On June 18, from 12:00-4:00 p.m., at the library,there will be lunch, the movie The Jane Austen Book Club and discussion.