The 200th anniversary of Austen's death is marked this week, and I had the chance to write about why I think we ought to revisit the legend of her hiding her writing in the July 16th New York Times. My op-ed, "Jane Austen Wasn't Shy," appeared in the Sunday Review. As if that weren't good fortune enough, my book, The Making of Jane Austen, was reviewed by Jane Smiley in the Book Review that day, too. It's an honor to be a part of our conversations about her during this momentous week.
Is It right for your book club?
Yes, definitely! The paperback edition includes a brief reader's guide with discussion questions. I'd love to hear from you if you're considering choosing it.
This book works best in clubs familiar with Austen's fiction or film adaptations. (You could read or watch Pride and Prejudice and then choose this book.)