Sense & Sensibility is a novel about second loves and the power of sisterhood. If it's your favorite Jane Austen novel, you've got to read Eithne Shortall's Grace After Henry. This much-lauded Irish novel tells the story of a widow who, several months after the death of her partner, Henry, meets a man who bears an uncanny resemblance to him. Readers who loved Sense & Sensibility's inquiries into the possibility of loving twice will fall head over heels for this book.If Your Favourite Jane Austen Novel Is 'Pride & Prejudice,' Read 'The Bride Test' by Helen Hoang We read Pride & Prejudice for the angst of Elizabeth and Darcy's romance, which includes love, loathing, and a lot of meddling. Helen Hoang's The Bride Test, out on May 7, centers on Khai, an unmarried, autistic man, is mortified that his mother, Cô Nga, has become so desperate to find him a wife that she would pay for Esme, a young, single mother, to travel to America from Vietnam just to meet him. Readers who appreciate Darcy's awkwardness will find much to love in this follow-up to The Kiss Quotient. If Your Favourite Jane Austen Novel Is 'Persuasion,' Read 'Bowlaway' by Elizabeth McCracken Persuasion centers on a family, the Elliots of Kellynch Hall, who have fallen on hard times and must let out their country home in order to make ends meet. Similarly, Elizabeth McCracken's Bowlaway tracks the quirks of a family whose lives and livelihoods become defined by a candlepin bowling alley, which itself lies at the center of an inheritance dispute. If you love the family saga-like structure of Persuasion, you're going to hold this novel just as dear.
This Week's Recommended Read We may have already had some book recommendations in the Jane Austen News this week already, but nevertheless, we have another for you. After all, you can never have too many books! Our recommendation this week is Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley. Hadley writes about the middle classes, and turns out, as the description on the back words it - ‘the quintessential domestic novel’. As one reviewer rightly said, "Those who are put off by this description miss out on a vast range of female authors, from Jane Austen to Anne Tyler." As such, this description only recommended the book to us more! Late in the Day, is about a couple, Alexandr and Christine, who have had 30 years of marriage. This long marriage needs to encompass change: "Since that beginning, they had both changed their skins so often. Marriage simply meant that you hung on to each other through the succession of metamorphoses. Or failed to."
The Synopsis: Alexandr and Christine and Zachary and Lydia have been close friends since they first met in their twenties. Thirty years later Alex and Christine are spending a leisurely summer evening at home when they receive a call from a distraught Lydia. Zach is dead. In the wake of this profound loss, the three friends find themselves unmoored; all agree that Zach was the sanest and kindest of them all, the irreplaceable one they couldn’t afford to lose. Inconsolable, Lydia moves in with Alex and Christine. But instead of loss bringing them closer, the three of them find over the following months that it warps their relationships, as old entanglements and grievances rise from the past, and love and sorrow give way to anger and bitterness.Late in the Day explores the tangled webs at the centre of our most intimate relationships, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
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