The Compulsive Reader: Shelf Discovery: Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Shelf Discovery: Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler

Shelf Discovery is a feature in which I highlight one book that I have found while prowling the shelves of the independent bookstore I work at it. These books aren't necessarily YA books; they're books that have discovered and find interesting or unique. I hope you do too.

While I was looking for a book for a customer, I caught a glimpse of the spine of a particular book...it was called Becoming Jane Eyre. Now, there are certain times when working at a bookstore is frustrating. Having to continue to search for a customer's book instead of stopping to read this little gem I had stumbled upon was one of those times.

Luckily, I was able to memorize the location of the book and go back later to check it out! And since I am such a huge Jane Eyre freak, naturally this was a lovely little discovery. Here's what it's about:
"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 Brontë 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."
This premise reminds me of the movie "Becoming Jane", which was about Jane Austen's life (romanticized, naturally) and how it inspired her classic novels. What do you all think? Worth picking up sometime? It is on sale, if you decide that you like, NEED it.


theliteraryshack said...

I'm so glad you mentioned about this book. Since I am a Jane Eyre freak too and an ardent worshipper of Charlotte Bronte this little post brightened up my day. Now I know what book to hunt on my trip to the local bookstore next week.

Christina T said...

I haven't read this yet but I did like The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James which sounds kind of similar. I received that as a birthday gift a couple of years ago and thought it was excellent. Sadly the author is now concentrating on writing vampire books but she also wrote a book about Jane Austen earlier.

I will have to look for Becoming Jane Eyre at the library. I know what you mean about seeing a book you like while helping someone else find something. That happens to me at the library sometimes too. I have pretty good shelf memory though so I can find what I was interested in later (unless someone checks it out first!)

Dawn said...

Thanks for this post! I love this feature of yours! More, please! :)

Amie McCracken said...

That sounds like an absolutely awesome book. I will be getting it very soon. Jane Eyre is on my reading list and maybe I'll wait to do this one until just after.

Liss Martz said...

Yeah, I thought the same about Jane Austen movie, too. I think it's worth reading, because we know so little about these magnificent women who managed to prevail those times.

Anonymous said...

Oh, this book sounds awesome!!
I liked the movie becoming jane and you're right it sounds like something similar!

Thanks for the heads up!