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The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
The Jane Austen Book Club, as the title suggests, centers around six members of a book club that discusses Jane Austen's novels. The book has six chapters, with each chapter having a different member of the group leading the discussion about one of Jane Austen's six novels (plot synopses of her novels are provided at the back of this book). The novels aren't as important as the book group, five women and one man, who all bring a different perspective to the group. As their own stories and interactions unravel, Karen Joy Fowler's novel illuminates the power and effect books have on all of our lives. The Jane Austen Book Club has received many glowing reviews with the New York Times saying, "On its surface, The Jane Austen Book Club is a tidy number, a perfectly cut and polished little gem with just enough facets. But that's not the half of it. This exquisite novel is bigger and more ambitious than it appears. It's that rare book that reminds us what reading is all about."