A Tale of Two Janes

Jane Steele: A Novel, by Lyndsay Faye, (G.P. Putnam’s Sons), 432 pages, release date 22 March, 2016

Lyndsay Faye is one of the best current writers of historical mysteries. She creates complex plots and multi-faceted characters. Her characters’ imperfections are obvious from the start, which makes them more engaging, not less. In Jane Steele, she’s created a young woman, a reader of Jane Eyre at the time the novel was first published, whose life is a bloody, fun-house mirror reflection of Eyre’s. Confronted by the limitations placed on women of her time—particularly women with neither relatives nor money—Jane Steele attacks those who seek to do her harm. She is no shy governess. She depends upon no man for her rescue. For those familiar with Bronte’s original, Jane Steele will provide a delightfully tongue-in-cheek riff on the story of the governess. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of spending time with Bronte’s heroine, Jane Steele will still provide engaging companionship, simultaneously serious and comic.

March 24 2016 06:06 am | Uncategorized

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