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Reader, I Married Him
Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre | Tracy Chevalier
This collection of original stories by todays finest women writers takes inspiration from the famous line in Charlotte Bronts most beloved novel, Jane Eyre.A fixture in the literary canon, Charlotte Bront is revered by readers all over the world. Her books featuring unforgettable, strong heroines still resonate with millions today. And who could forget one of literatures best-known lines: Reader, I married him from her classic novel Jane Eyre?Part of a remarkable family that produced three acclaimed female writers at a time in 19th-century Britain when few women wrote, and fewer were published, Bront has become a great source of inspiration to writers, especially women, ever since. Now in Reader, I Married Him, twenty of todays most celebrated women authors have spun original stories, using the opening line from Jane Eyre as a springboard for their own flights of imagination.Reader, I Married Him will feature stories by:Tracy ChevalierTessa HadleySarah HallHelen DunmoreKirsty GunnJoanna BriscoeJane Gardam Emma DonoghueSusan HillFrancine ProseElif ShafakEvie WyldPatricia ParkSalley VickersNadifa MohamedEsther Freud Linda GrantLionel ShriverAudrey NiffeneggerNamwali SerpellElizabeth McCrackenUnique, inventive, and poignant, the stories in Reader, I Married Him pay homage to the literary genius of Charlotte Bront, and demonstrate once again that her extraordinary vision continues to inspire readers and writers.
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Pickpick

I have a difficult time reviewing short story collections because often (except in the very best examples) the quality varies so greatly. That's the case here. I love Jane Eyre and am a fan of re-writes, so this collection, edited by Tracy Chevalier (one of my favorites) seemed to be perfect. And there are some great stories here, some that are brilliant reexaminations of Bronte's novel. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod There are others that are just good stories, but the relationship to Jane Eyre was tenuous. And there were some I just didn't enjoy much. Helen Dunmore's "Grace Poole Her Testimony," Emma Donoghue's "Since First I Saw Your Face," Francine Prose's "The Mirror," and Elif Shafak's "A MIgrating Bird" are among my favorites. Oh, and check out Audrey Niffenegger's "The Orphan Exchange" and Namwali Serpell's "Double Men," as well. 10mo
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Caterina
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#KindLitsy @Susannah Yay thank you!! I'm so excited to get started reading this. 😊 This'll be good inspiration to do the Jane Eyre reread I've been meaning to get around to, too. 😊 @kindlitsy

charl08 Great read. 13mo
Susannah YAY, you‘re welcome! 🎁📚❤️ (edited) 13mo
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Linsy
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I‘m at hour six and just finished my first book. I have a feeling this will be more of a 12 in 48. 😅

As with many collections, I loved a few stories, liked most, and felt so-so about a couple. The writing was excellent throughout and I really appreciated the diversity. A great way to revisit one of my favorites!

I did cringe at some character recreations though. I‘m very attached to the original!

#bookreview #netgalley #24in48 #bookface

UwannaPublishme Great photo! 😊🙌🏻 2y
cariashley Wow, great book face! 2y
KathyWheeler I‘ll be lucky if I get 6 in 48! 2y
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Linsy @UwannaPublishme @cariashley Thanks! The husband did all the work. 😄 2y
Eggs Love the book face 2y
ephemeralwaltz Great book face! 2y
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Linsy
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I‘m three hours in to my Jane Eyre themed #24in48!

RadicalReader @Linsy what a gorgeous name you have! I‘ve never heard of a name so unique and beautiful before 2y
jillannjohn This book looks interesting. Looking forward to your review. 2y
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sofiaga
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Lunch/reading time!

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quirkyreader
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Pickpick

This was full of great stories. Try and find a copy.

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Clwojick
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#LibraryWishlist #NeverEndingTBR

Have any of my fellow Littens read this book? Would you recommend? Please let me know.

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quirkyreader
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I trying to finish up my challenges for the year. This one is for a pastiche or re-telling of a classic,

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Mtompkins
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I already love this.

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Bradleygirl

A few stories into this- they're all well-written, but leaning a lot darker than I expected! ⚫ 👓

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Poetryfreak38
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CarolinaCarter
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Sarah Hall wrote the one of my favorite stories in Tracy Chevalier's Jane Eyre-inspired anthology. I'm looking forward to reading more.

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Libby1
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Look what else was 20 p!

It's hard cover and the eejit who owned it first put coffee cup marks on the cover, but I'm sooo pleased about this one. ❤️

LeahBergen Can they be wiped off? I want to read this one, too. 👍🏼 3y
Libby1 I'll give it a try, @LeahBergen . It's one of those matte paper covers so I'll have to be careful. 🙂 3y
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ScorpioBookDreams
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I love Jane Eyre so can't wait to start reading these stories inspired by the novel.

mllemay This is a really good collection! There were so many stories that I loved. 3y
DebinHawaii I liked this one too--some great stories & interesting to see where each author took it. 📚👍 3y
KarenUK Love the cover 💕💕 3y
TeR Look st that cover! Gorgeous 3y
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TirzahPrice
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Mehso-so

I loved two stories in this anthology: Emma Donoghue's (duh) and Patricia Park's (not surprising--I loved Re Jane). Some honorable mentions go to Joanna Briscoe, Elif Shafak, Audrey Niffeneggar, and Elizabeth McCracken. Most of the stories were forgettable but anthologies are always a mixed bag for different people. Many were vignettes or monologues rather than actual stories, and at time the connection to Jane Eyre was tenuous at best...👇🏼

TirzahPrice It should be noted that these stories aren't necessarily inspired by Jane Eyre, but by the line "Reader, I married him." The ones that didn't harken back to Jane felt out of place, and my favorites were the ones that played with the themes or situations of JE in a modern or different context. If this review out you off, read Re Jane! 3y
Clare-Dragonfly OK, Re Jane sounds awesome! Stacked! 3y
EpicReads Oh this looks so interesting! 3y
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Reviewsbylola Such a great line but I don't usually do well with short stories. 3y
TirzahPrice @EpicReads It was an interesting anthology! Despite my so-so review, I'd recommend it to fans of Jane Eyre because I think different people would get different things out of it. But I also think I prefer YA short story anthologies because they're more story and character focused, and less preoccupied with fancy writing that doesn't go anywhere. 3y
TirzahPrice @Clare-Dragonfly Re Jane was soooooooo interesting. I usually find the Jane Eyre story difficult to adapt to modern times because the cultures are very different. Recasting Jane as a Korean immigrant was a really interesting perspective to take, and it was so well written. 3y
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TirzahPrice
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"Sorry, I can't come out tonight because I want to enjoy the certainty of my own solicitude."

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TirzahPrice
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I love everything Emma Donoghue writes.

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TirzahPrice
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I fixed the blurb.

OffTheBeatenShelf.com Ugh, I hate unnecessary gendering... 😑 3y
Clare-Dragonfly Love it. 3y
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readinginthedark
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I'm playing catch-up on the challenge, I guess. I didn't look around much for #headlesscovers but this one is almost headless, picked up from the library the other day. I only have a few short stories left for my 52-story challenge for the year, so I might dig into this tomorrow! #photoadaynov16

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Godmotherx5
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I got through this faster than I expected. Honestly, I skimmed the last 7 stories. The first 14 were not my cup of tea. I was tempted to bail several times. The Foreword made it sound so promising. I'm really bummed.

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Godmotherx5
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I bought this book hoping to read it around the time of our first anniversary, which is today. No complaints. I'm enjoying my current read. Not very romantic, but the best of intentions are often interrupted. In my case, the interruption is an out of control TBR. 📚

BookishFeminist Beautiful photo!! Enjoy your anniversary today! 3y
Texreader Beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Happy anniversary! 3y
BeththeBookDragon Happy Anniversary! 3y
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LitHousewife Happy anniversary! 3y
daena Happy Anniversary! 3y
LiteraryinLititz Congrats on the milestone! 3y
DebReads4fun Happy Anniversary! Love your dress! 3y
gossamerchild Congratulations! 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Happy Anniversary!🎉🍾🎉 3y
Balibee146 Happy Anniversary 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess Happy anniversary! 3y
LauraBeth Happy Anniversary! Great pic 😀 3y
Eyelit Happy anniversary! 🎉🎉🎉 3y
Lynnsoprano Happy anniversary 🎈🎈🎈💕 3y
Godmotherx5 @Graciouswarriorprincess @LauraBeth @Eyelit @Lynnsoprano THANK YOU. I can't believe how fast time has flown. 3y
britt_brooke Happy anniversary!! 💕 3y
Godmotherx5 @britt_brooke Thank you 💐 3y
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sarahbetty4

Reader, I never thought I'd prefer a book to be made up entirely of fanfic. Most of these "inspired by" stories were not terrible, but totally pedestrian, short stories about love, straddling the literary-fiction/chick-lit divide with minimal grace. The Grace Poole POV story was the best, IMO, but I liked the book enough to be interested in hearing other defenses...

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mllemay
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I was going to spread these out over the weekend but just couldn't stop reading. Some of these stories were directly related to Jane Eyre, while others were only loosely inspired by it but I enjoyed most of them. Highly recommended to anyone who loves Jane Eyre, and to those looking for a solid diverse short story collection. I'll put my top three in a comment 👇🏻 #HelloOctober

mllemay Dangerous Dog by Kirsty Gunn -- Reader, She Married Me by Salley Vickers -- The Mash-Up by Linda Grant 3y
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mllemay
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I got my bacon & cheese bagel, a pile of books, and no plans for the weekend - #HelloOctober starts right now!

LeahBergen Oh, yum. I want that right now! 3y
mllemay @LeahBergen I highly recommend it! I love having breakfast for dinner on Friday night 😝 3y
britt_brooke Nice photo! 📷 3y
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mllemay @britt_brooke thanks! It's clearly a #wildfridaynight for me too 😂 3y
britt_brooke @mllemay 🙌🏻 Just the way I like my fridays, haha! 3y
Well-ReadNeck Yummers! 3y
Laura317 You wild woman! I'm out with kids at school festival. Reading on my phone while they run amok. 3y
mllemay @Laura317 also a good way to spend your time on a friday night! And you still get to read 👍🏻 3y
Linsy I'm jealous! Great food and one of my favorite books. 🍽🌟🍽 3y
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mllemay
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There's no avoiding going out tonight, but I can still read on my way there (and maybe even at the bar, who knows 😂)!

LeahBergen 😂👍🏼 3y
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go2yourlibrary
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After #reading "Jane Steel", I have become gently obsessed with all the Jane Eyre things. Adding this to #TBR!

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mllemay
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My hold finally came in, and right on time to be paired with my annual reading of Jane Eyre! I'm excited to see how they go together.

[DELETED] 2232195534 Have fun! Love the title of that book! 3y
DivineDiana This sounds so intriguing! 3y
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DebinHawaii
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I first read Jane Eyre in school & again a few years ago & I enjoyed these romance stories inspired by the famous line. As w/ most short story collections, not all hit the mark-but interesting to see where authors took their stories & differences in setting, mood, time... Paired w/ homemade dark chocolate hearts w/ assorted fillings-review post link in comments. Not a novel but inspired by one #augustphotochallenge #bookphotochallenge #romance ❤️

Zelma That looks like the perfect book-food pairing! 3y
Melwilk I just want to eat the hearts! ❤️❤️ 3y
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DebinHawaii @Zelma Thank you! ❤️ 3y
DebinHawaii @Melwilk Hah! I saw your thoughts on Jane Eyre so that does not surprise me. 😀 You might actually like these stories better than the book but just eating the hearts is fine too! ❤️👍 3y
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Bookworm83
Pickpick

This book of stories made me want to go back and read Jane Eyre all over again. It was interesting to see all the different takes on that famous line.

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Bookworm83
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Interspersing these stories with my other reading.

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MamaGina
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Loving this short story collection🌺

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VickiB
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"I'd gone to him for help with my obsessive thinking. I was fixated on my boyfriend, his coldness, his resistance to getting married, and the discovery, still fresh, of his unfaithfulness."

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Thereadinggoddess
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I'm really enjoying these original short stories.

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Sara_Planz
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One of my favorite lines in literature that reminds me of the fact that I married my own Edward (it is my husband's middle name).

Madeline Have you run across Jane Steele? It's so good and heavily references Jane Eyre. 4y
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Loving Gracie's shade. 😯

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Marissa
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Reading this next!

DebbieGrillo How was this? I just read Jane Eyre for the first time a few months ago. 1y
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