The book- not so much. I tried and tried and then I tried again. I loved the movie so much I wanted to like, no I wanted to love it. I willed myself to love it. I grunted, I groaned, I fought -no such luck. I picked it up at my usual Meth house (Borders) read a chapter or two- nope. I picked it up again at the Library- couldn't bring myself to check it out. Third time being the charm I listened to it on audio. Ahhh- comme ce, comme sa, It was ok.
She tries, which is probably the worst thing you can say about anyone- the basic story is there, a book club with the following members:
- Sylvia: recently separated after 32 years of marriage and three children.
- Jocelyn: Sylvia's spinster best friend, breeder of dogs.
- Prudie: a 20 something married French teacher, confused by her new endless fantasies about sex with other men.
- Bernadette: Now in her 60's has decided she can finally relax and let herself go.
- Allegra: Sylvia's beautiful, lesbian, adventure junkie daughter
- Grigg, a middle-aged science fiction fan with absolutely delightful sisters.
Perhaps, Karen Joy Fowler's greatest contribution is the reintroduction of Jane Austen to a new generation. Don't skip it though- I have high standards- If pushed I'd give this a B-.