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Mary B: A Novel: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice

Mary B: A Novel: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice (Paperback)

By Chen, Katherine J.

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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... read full description below.

ISBN 9780399592225
Published 18 June 2019 by Random House
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780399592225
ISBN-10 0399592229
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Random House
Imprint Random House USA Inc
Publication Date 18 June 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Chen, Katherine J.
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 132mm
Height: 203mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 986141

Description of this Book

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 . . . Chen'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

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Author's Bio

Katherine J. Chen is a graduate of Princeton University. This is her first novel.

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