The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler audiobook

The Jane Austen Book Club

By Karen Joy Fowler
Read by Kimberly Schraf

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A sublime comedy of contemporary manners, this is the novel Jane Austen might well have written had she lived in twenty-first-century California. Nothing ever moves in a straight line in Karen Joy Fowler’s fiction, and in her latest, the complex dance of modern love has never been so devious or so much fun. Six Californians join to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. With her finely sighted eye for the frailties of human behavior and her finely tuned ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters more appealing. The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationships. Dedicated Austenites will delight in unearthing the echoes of Austen that run through the novel, but most readers will simply enjoy the vision and voice that, despite two centuries of separation, unite two great writers of brilliant social comedy.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

A sublime comedy of contemporary manners, this is the novel Jane Austen might well have written had she lived in twenty-first-century California. Nothing ever moves in a straight line in Karen Joy Fowler’s fiction, and in her latest, the complex dance of modern love has never been so devious or so much fun. Six Californians join to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. With her finely sighted eye for the frailties of human behavior and her finely tuned ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters more appealing. The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationships. Dedicated Austenites will delight in unearthing the echoes of Austen that run through the novel, but most readers will simply enjoy the vision and voice that, despite two centuries of separation, unite two great writers of brilliant social comedy.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The thoughts are more than literary discussion. They bring out the characters and emotions of the participants along with the tensions and sympathies that flit and filter among them. Ms. Fowler has the genial notion to see in the book club—that newish American cultural phenomenon—a society resembling nothing so much as one of those sets of country gentry among which Austen constructed a social comedy where irony stiffens sentiment, and pain is a cool afterthought.” New York Times
“Karen Joy Fowler creates a novel that is so winning, so touching, so delicately, slyly witty that admirers of Persuasion and Emma will simply sigh with happiness.” Washington Post Book World
“Start quoting a few of Fowler’s puckish lines and it becomes damnably difficult to stop…The Jane Austen Book Club amounts to a witty meditation on how the books we choose, choose us too.” San  Francisco Chroncicle
The Jane Austen Book Club offers a sparkling rumination on the act of reading itself and how beloved books can serve as refuge, self-definition, snobbish barricades against other people or pathways out of the old self to a wider world. [It is] a terrific comic novel about a closed society merrily transforming itself by reading.” NPR
“[Fowler] does so terrific a job of bringing her characters to life that Austen’s work falls away like a husk. It’s an impressive feat of homage, since Fowler essentially borrows Austen’s great themes…and makes them her own. Miss Austen would be proud.” Denver Post
“Playful and intelligent, this audiobook embodies the best of both the written and aural worlds.” Publishers Weekly
“Bright, engaging, dexterous literary entertainment for everyone, though with many special treats and pleasures for Janeites.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Karen Joy Fowler

Author Bio: Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of The Jane Austen Book Club, which was on bestseller lists nationwide and spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times list. Along with her first two novels, it was a New York Times Notable Book. Sister Noon, her third novel, was a finalist for the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English