Mary B

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (11.72 hours)
Product Number: Z100131360
Released: Jul 24, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780525631408
Narrator/s: Marisa Calin
Publisher: Books on Tape
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"Ingenious... Mary B is a tribute not just to [Jane] Austen but to defiant women of any era."-USA Today The overlooked middle sister in Pride and Prejudice casts off her prim exterior and takes center stage in this fresh retelling of the classic novel. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE What is to be done with Mary Bennet? She possesses neither the beauty of her eldest sister, Jane, nor the high-spirited wit of second-born Lizzy. Even compared to her frivolous younger siblings, Kitty and Lydia, Mary knows she is lacking in the ways that matter for single, not-so-well-to-do women in nineteenth-century England who must secure their futures through the finding of a husband. As her sisters wed, one by one, Mary pictures herself growing old, a spinster with no estate to run or children to mind, dependent on the charity of others. At least she has the silent rebellion and secret pleasures of reading and writing to keep her company. But even her fictional creations are no match for the scandal, tragedy, and romance that eventually visit Mary's own life. In Mary B, readers are transported beyond the center of the ballroom to discover that wallflowers are sometimes the most intriguing guests at the party. Beneath Mary's plain appearance and bookish demeanor simmers an inner life brimming with passion, humor, and imagination-and a voice that demands to be heard. Set before, during, and after the events of Pride and Prejudice, Katherine J. Chen's vividly original debut novel pays homage to a beloved classic while envisioning a life that is difficult to achieve in any era: that of a truly independent woman. Praise for Mary B "The best part about Mary's star turn is that it bears little relation to the fates of her sisters. She's a simmering, churning, smart woman determined to concoct an independent life."-The Washington Post "Pride and Prejudice's beloved story is re-spun through the eyes of mousy, overlooked-and now feminist-middle child, Mary."-Family Circle "A new, wholly original perspective on the classic...?hen's novel gives fans and non-fans a heroine who seeks a rich, independent life, in spite of the limits society has placed on her. This is the ultimate Austen adaptation for our time."-Real Simple "Watching [Mary] come into her own is a delight."-People

Author(s): Katherine J. Chen
Original Publish Date: Jul 24, 2018

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Author(s): Katherine J. Chen
Product Number EB00714671
Released: Jul 24, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9780399592232

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