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Mary B / Katherine Chen.

Chen, Katherine, 1990- author. (Author). Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 Pride and prejudice. (Added Author).
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library CHE (Text) 33500012754768 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library CHE (Text) 33500012754776 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780399592218
  • ISBN: 0399592210
  • Physical Description: pages ; cm
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018]

Content descriptions

General Note: "An untold story of Pride and Prejudice."
Summary, etc.: The overlooked middle sister in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice c asts off her prim exterior and takes center stage in this fresh retelling of the classic novel. I will tell you the story of how I knew myself to be plain and therefore devoid of the one virtue which it behooves every woman to have. What is to be done with Mary Bennet? She possesses neither the beauty of her eldest sister, Jane, nor the high-spirited charm of second-born Lizzy. Even compared to her frivolous younger siblings, Kitty and Lydia, Mary knows she is lacking in the ways that matter for single, not-so-well-to-do women in nineteenth-century England who must secure their futures through the finding of a husband. As her sisters wed, one by one, Mary pictures herself growing old, a spinster with no estate to run or children to mind, dependent on the charity of others. At least she has the silent rebellion and secret pleasures of reading and writing to keep her company. But even her fictional creations are no match for the scandal, tragedy, and romance that eventually visit Mary's own life. In Mary B, readers are transported beyond the center of the ballroom to discover that wallflowers are sometimes the most intriguing guests at the party. Beneath Mary's plain appearance and bookish demeanor simmers an inner life brimming with passion, humor, and imagination--and a voice that demands to be heard. Set before, during, and after the events of Pride and Prejudice, Katherine J. Chen's vividly original debut novel pays homage to a beloved classic while envisioning a life that is difficult to achieve in any era: that of a truly independent woman.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 June #1
    The thirst for Jane Austen retellings is seemingly never satisfied, and it is the middle Bennet sister, Mary, who takes center stage in this latest reimagining of Pride and Prejudice. The Mary of this book bears little resemblance to the pious, sanctimonious, socially oblivious girl familiar to readers of Austen's classic, and Chen's portrayal of her as an observant, intelligent, passionate woman—and of Elizabeth as a shallow hypocrite—is jarring. The plot centers on Mary's star-crossed romances (both during and after the events of the original novel), and two of these three relationships feel similarly implausible. Although the writing is assured in this debut, and the idea of reassessing these familiar characters is promising, in this case, they are so inconsistent with their original iterations as to feel wholly unfamiliar. It's a worthwhile purchase for most libraries, as Austen fans are likely to flock to it in droves, but the readers who will most enjoy this book are those who are not intimate with the original. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Katherine J. Chen is a graduate of Princeton University. This is her first novel.

Subject: Austen, Jane, 1775-1817. Pride and prejudice > Adaptations.
Pride and prejudice (Austen, Jane)
Courtship > Fiction.
Sisters > Fiction.
Courtship
Sisters.
FICTION / Romance / General.
Genre: Love stories.
Adaptations.
Fiction.
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