Becoming Jane Eyre, Paperback Book

Becoming Jane Eyre Paperback

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The year is 1846. In a cold parsonage on the gloomy Yorkshire moors, a family seems cursed with disaster.

A mother and two children dead. A father sick, without fortune, and hardened by the loss of his two most beloved family members.

A son destroyed by alcohol and opiates. And three strong, intelligent young women, reduced to poverty and spinsterhood, with nothing to save them from their fate.

Nothing, that is, except their remarkable literary talent.So unfolds the story of the Bronte sisters.

At its centre are Charlotte and the writing of Jane Eyre.

Delicately unraveling the connections between one of fiction's most indelible heroines and the remarkable woman who created her, Sheila Kohler's Becoming Jane Eyre will appeal to fans of historical fiction and, of course, the millions of readers who adore Jane Eyre.


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I enjoyed this story, an interweaving of a fictionalised segment of Charlotte Bronte's life (the period in which she was writing Jane Eyre) and bits from Jane Eyre itself, tracking the development of the novel and the way the story might have come into being. From what I've read of the Brontes' existence, this feels genuine (or at least, plausible) in its bleakness and in its relationships.

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