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.

Latest Discussion

Note: Spoilers beyond this point

  • [FORUM] Carolyn T replied to the topic Group logo of Jane SteeleJane Eyre in the forum Jane Steele 8 months, 2 weeks 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 Group logo of Jane SteeleJane Eyre in the forum Jane Steele 8 months, 3 weeks 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 have all the extra information, in my opinion.

  • [FORUM] Tami Dale replied to the topic Group logo of Jane SteeleSetting in the forum Jane Steele 8 months, 3 weeks ago

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

  • [FORUM] Rachel started the topic Group logo of Jane SteeleJane Eyre in the forum Jane Steele 8 months, 3 weeks 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 this instance?

  • [FORUM] Rachel replied to the topic Group logo of Jane SteeleSetting in the forum Jane Steele 8 months, 3 weeks 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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