The Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club

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The Jane Austen Book Club is a 2004 novel by American author Karen Joy Fowler. The story, which takes place near Sacramento, California, centers around a book club consisting of five women and one man who meet once a month to discuss Jane Austen's six novels. It was a critical success and became a national bestseller.

A film adaptation of the same name was released in autumn of 2007.

Plot introduction

The novel takes place over the course of several months in a contemporary university town in California's Central Valley near Sacramento. Each of the six chapters is dedicated to one of the six book club members as well as one of Austen's six works. In turn, each of Austen's novels parallels the individual characters' experiences with relationships and love.

Characters and their corresponding novel

  • Jocelyn (Emma): an independent, 50-something dog breeder (Rhodesian Ridgebacks) and matchmaker who organized the Jane Austen Book Club. Jocelyn has been best friends with Sylvia since they were eleven and introduced her to her husband, Daniel, when they were in high school. She has never married and has no children. She originally invites Grigg to the book club for Sylvia's sake, but ends up attracted to him herself.
  • Allegra (Sense and Sensibility): the young and impetuous 30 year old daughter of Sylvia and her husband Daniel. Allegra is an artist and a thrill seeker, having been known to sky dive and rock climb, amongst other things. Allegra is separated from her partner,......
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