Becoming Jane Eyre
By Sheila Kohler
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143115977, 234pp.)
Publication Date: December 29, 2009
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A beautifully imagined tale of the Bronte sisters and the writing of "Jane Eyre"
The year is 1846. In a cold parsonage on the gloomy Yorkshire moors, a family seems cursed with disaster. A mother and two children dead. A father sick, without fortune, and hardened by the loss of his two most beloved family members. A son destroyed by alcohol and opiates. And three strong, intelligent young women, reduced to poverty and spinsterhood, with nothing to save them from their fate. Nothing, that is, except their remarkable literary talent.
So unfolds the story of the BrontE sisters. At its center are Charlotte and the writing of "Jane Eyre." Delicately unraveling the connections between one of fiction's most indelible heroines and the remarkable woman who created her, Sheila Kohler's "Becoming Jane Eyre" will appeal to fans of historical fiction and, of course, the millions of readers who adore "Jane Eyre.