Friday, March 6, 2009

Historical Fiction Selection

And the winner of our April Historical Fiction selection is The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James!

I confess that I checked this book out already and couldn't put it down. If you're a Jane Austen fan, you will especially love this, and I do recommend reading or re-reading Sense and Sensibility first. Why? Because the book follows Jane as she's polishing her draft of Sense and Sensibility, and you will recognize how the events of her life (as they're fictionally told in the memoirs) mirror some characters and situations in Sense and Sensibility. There are also a lot of references to Pride and Prejudice.

Okay, so I hope everyone has a chance to read the book and we'll start discussions on April 10th.

Also, a reminder that discussions for our nonfiction selection, The Hemingses of Monticello, will begin on Friday. I may post on Wednesday or Thursday because my daughter is turning two next week, and family and friends will be in town for the celebration.


Michelle said...

Due to a major move and a new job starting all at the same time I will not have a chance to read March's book and participate, but I am eagerly looking forward to next months selection.

Liz said...

Stumbled on this site by accident (but will return!) My Jane Austen-loving daughter is home on break, so I'm going to recommend she look at the "Lost Memoirs" book. I just finished a great book of historical fiction set during the Civil War era, "Two Brothers: One North, One South." I think what makes this book really "work" as a novel is that it's so closely based on historical events and real people. It was a great read and it's both educational (but not over the head educational) and entertaining.

Lenika said...

Yay! I wont be able to do the non-fiction round but I am excited for the historical fiction book!