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Reader, I Married Him

book | Fiction | Apr 2016
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This collection of 20 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 19th-century Britain when few women wrote, and fewer were published, Brontë 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.

Reader, I Married Him will feature stories by Audrey Niffenegger, Elif Shafak, Elizabeth McCracken, Emma Donoghue, Esther Freud, Evie Wyld, Francine Prose, Helen Dunmore, Jane Gardam, Joanna Briscoe, Linda Grant, Lionel Shriver, Nadifa Mohamed, Patricia Park, Roxane Gay, Salley Vickers, Sarah Hall, Susan Hill, Tessa Hadley

Unique, inventive, and poignant, the stories will pay homage to the literary genius of Charlotte Brontë, and demonstrate once again that her extraordinary vision continues to inspire readers and writers.


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As a whole, these pieces create a beguiling picture of women and men and desire, in which everyone is searching, like Jane, for happiness and wondering whether marriage is really an answer. The book acts as a prism spreading all kinds of literary and historical refractions, and it’s a reminder that Charlotte Bronte, too, has many sides.

Alix Hawley
The Globe and Mail

A clever idea well-executed; a treat for fans of short fiction and for Brontë’s many ardent fans. 


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