I was drawn to this book by its title, with its mention of Jane Austen, and the importance of reading that is acknowledged on the cover. I am often interested in reads that are about books and authors.
This memoir opens when Ruth Wilson found herself most unhappy as she turned sixty. Her decision for moving forward led her to move to her own home away from her husband of many years. What Ruth planned to do there was to reacquaint herself with Austen’s novels. I was intrigued by the prospect of contemplating Austen with her.
This title is filled with literary references and insight into Austen and other writers. There is also much about the author’s life growing up in Australia as a young Jewish woman and moving through adulthood.
I found this memoir to be interesting but left it wishing that I had liked it more. I think that perhaps it meandered a bit for me. Still, if you are an Austen fan or a woman of a certain age, you might enjoy this one.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Allison & Busby for this title. All opinions are my own.
Pub Date 22 Sep 2022