The Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club
Author: Karen Joy Fowler
Date Read: May 18, 2012


I read this book when I was awake late at night with our newborn son, so my ability to focus and follow any existing themes was definitely hindered!

That being said, I really enjoyed the way that the book is laid out: Each chapter is dedicated to a different Jane Austen novel and a character from the novel’s book club.  So, for example, one chapter focuses on Austen’s Mansfield Park and the character Grigg, the only man in the book club.  I’ve read most of the Austen novels discussed in this book, but it’s been a while, and I don’t remember them all that well.  Regardless, I was still able to appreciate the author, Karen Joy Fowler’s, references to each book.  Her portrayal of each character is interesting and very developed.  The descriptions go back into each character’s childhood and move forward, revealing why a particular character is paired with each Austen novel.  The interplay between the characters is natural and realistic, so that you feel as though you’re reading about real people’s lives.

I would recommend this as a light, humorous read with a few heavier topics.