"The Jane Austen Book Club" chosen as Noteworthy Book of 2004

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The Kansas City Star has chosen The Jane Austen Book Club as one of its 100 Notable Books of 2004. It was also one of the three books that panelists expanded upon.

This simply structured novel is front-loaded with literary tricks and allusions. Six members of a California book club have six meetings over six months to discuss the six novels of Jane Austen. Hearts are broken, then mended, in this playful book that weaves savvy discussions about Austen and her fiction with winking wit and wisdom about the times in which we live.

The San Jose, California Mercury News has an article about fundraisers that give the opportunity for readers to meet authors, including a luncheon at which Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club, appeared. The luncheon raised $150,000 for a good cause. Anyone else having a flashback to the library fundraiser in the novel? Wonder if Prudie danced at this one? 😉