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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  • [FORUM] Ginger started the topic Setting in the forum Group logo of Jane SteeleJane Steele 3 months, 1 week ago

    I’m loving the settings in this one. Lyndsay Faye has a way of making the countryside she grew up in, Mr. Munt’s school, and London life, so vivid.

    Couldn’t get over this line:

    “Some cities bustle, some meander, I have read; London blazes.”

    It reminds me of the Samuel Johnson line: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for…[Read more]

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