lauantai 11. helmikuuta 2017

Tracy Chevalier: Reader, I married him - stories inspired by Jane Eyre

Tracy Chevalier on toimittanut novellikokoelman, jonka tarinoita yhdistää Charlotte Brontën romaanista lainattu lause: Reader, I married him - stories inspired by Jane Eyre (The Borough Press, 2016; ISBN 978-0-00-815057-0).

Novellit ovat yllättäviä, tyylilajit ja kertomisen kohteet vaihtelevat suuresti, mutta kieltämättä yhdistävää teemaakin löytyy siinä määrin ettei yhtään ihmetytä juuri näiden novellien valitseminen kokoelmaan:

Hadley, Tessa. My mother's wedding.
Hall, Sarah. Luxury hour.
Dunmore, Helen. Grace Poole her testimony.
Gunn, Kirsty. Dangerous dog.
Briscoe, Joanna. To hold.
Gardam, Jane. It's a man's life, ladies.
Donoghue, Emma. Since first I saw your face.
Hill, Susan. Reader, I married him.
Prose, Francine. Mirror.
Shafak, Elif. Migrating bird.
Wyld, Evie. Behind the mountain.
Park, Patricia. China from Buenos Aires.
Vickers, Salley. Reader, she married me.
Chevalier, Tracy. Dorset gap.
Mohamed, Nadifa. Party girl.
Freud, Esther. Transference.
Grant, Linda. Mash-up.
Shriver, Lionel. Self-seeding sycamore.
Niffenegger, Audrey. Orphan exchange.
Serpell, Namwali. Double men.
McCracken, Elizabeth. Robinson Crusoe at the waterpark.

This collection of original stories by today's finest women writers--including Tracy Chevalier, Francine Prose, Elizabeth McCracken, Tessa Hadley, Audrey Niffenegger, and more--takes inspiration from the opening line in Charlotte Brontë's most beloved novel, Jane Eyre. A fixture in the literary canon, Charlotte Brontë is revered by readers all over the world. Her novels featuring unforgettable, strong heroines still resonate with millions today. And who could forget one of literature's best-known lines: "Reader, I married him" from her classic novel Jane Eyre? Part of a remarkable family that produced three acclaimed female writers at a time in nineteenth-century Britain when few women wrote, and fewer were published, Bronté has become a great source of inspiration to writers, especially women, ever since. Now in Reader, I Married Him, twenty of today's most celebrated women authors have spun original stories, using the opening line from Jane Eyre as a springboard for their own flights of imagination.

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