Jane Steele

By: Lyndsaye Faye
Published: 2016

Flight Pick

A Curious Beginning

Anne’s thoughts

ane Eyre lovers, you can relax: while Faye—and her heroine, Jane Steele—draw serious inspiration from Jane Eyre, It draws serious inspiration from Brontë’s classic, it’s not a retelling. Instead, it’s delightfully meta: our titular narrator tells us the inspiration to write down her story came from “the most riveting book titled Jane Eyre.” This Jane is a wise-cracking, whipsmart, unconventional young woman who rebels against Victorian convention, but she has a heart of gold. Jane makes a perfect pairing with Veronica and Deanna Raybourn’s petticoat and parasol brigade.

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Note: Spoilers beyond this point

  • [FORUM] Carolyn T replied to the topic Jane Eyre in the forum Group logo of Jane SteeleJane Steele 2 months ago

    I don’t think knowledge of Jane Eyre really would enhance Jane Steele. I have read Jane Eyre, but there’s really nothing in Jane Steele that depends on knowledge of the classic.

  • [FORUM] Tory replied to the topic Jane Eyre in the forum Group logo of Jane SteeleJane Steele 2 months ago

    I have read Jane Eyre, as well as another retelling (the Flight of Gemma Hardy: Margot Livesy) and I think I had a pretty good understanding of the direction the book would be going, and maybe a little more context on the chosen quotes at the beginning of each chapter. But in the end, it was delightful all on it’s own and not really necessary to…[Read more]

  • [FORUM] Tami Dale replied to the topic Setting in the forum Group logo of Jane SteeleJane Steele 2 months ago

    I’m listening on audio as well. I’m loving the accents too!

  • [FORUM] Rachel started the topic Jane Eyre in the forum Group logo of Jane SteeleJane Steele 2 months, 1 week ago

    Have you read Jane Eyre? Bookish confession: I have not. I had no expectations for Jane Steele, I hadn’t heard of it before it’s listing as the September flight pick. I listened to it on audiobook and loved it. I liked her references to Jane Eyre throughout the book. What do you think, does reading the inspiration material enhance the book in…[Read more]

  • [FORUM] Rachel replied to the topic Setting in the forum Group logo of Jane SteeleJane Steele 2 months, 1 week ago

    I listened to this on audiobook, I agree her writing is really vivid, I love listening to books set in different countries because the accents really enhance my experience.

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