Reader, I Married Him

Reader, I Married Him

Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre

Book - 2016 | First Morrow Paperbacks edition.
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This collection of original stories by today's finest women writers--including Tracy Chevalier, Francine Prose, Elizabeth McCracken, Tessa Hadley, Audrey Niffenegger, and more--takes inspiration from the opening line in Charlotte Brontë's most beloved novel, Jane Eyre.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, 2016.
Edition: First Morrow Paperbacks edition.
ISBN: 9780062447098
0062447092
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Foreword by Tracy Chevalier
My mother's wedding / Tessa Hadley
Luxury hour / Sarah Hall
Grace Poole her testimony / Helen Dunmore
Dangerous dog / Kirsty Gunn
To hold / Joanna Briscoe
It's a man's life, ladies / Jane Gardam
Since first I saw your face / Emma Donoghue
Reader, I married him / Susan Hill
The mirror / Francine Prose
A migrating bird / Elif Shafak
Behind the mountain / Evie Wyld
The China from Buenos Aires / Patricia Park
Reader, she married me / Salley Vickers
Dorset gap / Tracy Chevalier
Party girl / Nadifa Mohamed
Transference / Esther Freud
The mash-up / Linda Grant
The self-seeding sycamore / Lionel Shriver
The orphan exchange / Audrey Niffenegger
Double men / Namwali Serpell
Robinson Crusoe at the waterpark / Elizabeth McCracken
Notes on the contributors
A note on Charlotte Brontë.
Summary: This collection of original stories by today's finest women writers--including Tracy Chevalier, Francine Prose, Elizabeth McCracken, Tessa Hadley, Audrey Niffenegger, and more--takes inspiration from the opening line in Charlotte Brontë's most beloved novel, Jane Eyre.

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mynovelesquelife
Oct 06, 2019

RATING: 4 STARS
2016, William Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins

"Reader, I married him" is the most famous lines from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. The story behind this line is briefly discussed in the introduction of this short story anthology, but it is recommended that you read Jane Eyre first. Various writers were given the line "Reader, I Married Him" and asked to write a short story in ode to Jane and the novel. Although, Susan Hill has not read Jane Eyre but her story is fabulous, in my opinion. At the back of the book there is a small biography of each writer and most have a sentence on what Jane Eyre means to them.

I did read the entire anthology though I did skim a few that did not hold my interest. The ones I loved were written by Joanna Briscoe, Helen Dunmore, Emma Donoghue, Susan Hill, Francine Prose, Sally Vickers, Audrey Niffenegger and Tracy Chevalier. The standouts being Niffenegger, Prose, Hill and Dunmore. All the stories in the anthology were well-written and done with passion, but depending on writing style and interest different readers will be attracted to different stories. I recommend this book to all fans of Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte...but also to those who like these authors or want to try a new author.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

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EljayJohnson
Jul 14, 2019

Tracy Chevalier is the editor of this collection of short stories inspired by the iconic line from the end of Jane Eyre - "Reader, I married him." There are 21 stories in the collection and some authors chose to stay close to the source material (a story each told from the POVs of Rochester and Grace Poole); others chose marriage/a wedding as their theme; and in a few of the stories, I searched for some kind of connection to Jane, or marriage, or anything else, and found nothing. As to be expected in any kind of collection of 21 items, a couple stood out for me, a couple were awful, and most were liked mildly to very much.

What this book did confirm for me is that the short story is not what I love to read. If I like the story, I'm disappointed it isn't a novel. Or, there's so much symbolism and striving in the short format, that I scratch my head and roll my eyes. All in all, however, I'm glad I read this. There was certainly enough enjoyment in it for me.

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mynovelesquelife
Jun 13, 2019

RATING: 4 STARS
2016, William Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins

"Reader, I married him" is the most famous lines from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. The story behind this line is briefly discussed in the introduction of this short story anthology, but it is recommended that you read Jane Eyre first. Various writers were given the line "Reader, I Married Him" and asked to write a short story in ode to Jane and the novel. Although, Susan Hill has not read Jane Eyre but her story is fabulous, in my opinion. At the back of the book there is a small biography of each writer and most have a sentence on what Jane Eyre means to them.

I did read the entire anthology though I did skim a few that did not hold my interest. The ones I loved were written by Joanna Briscoe, Helen Dunmore, Emma Donoghue, Susan Hill, Francine Prose, Sally Vickers, Audrey Niffenegger and Tracy Chevalier. The standouts being Niffenegger, Prose, Hill and Dunmore. All the stories in the anthology were well-written and done with passion, but depending on writing style and interest different readers will be attracted to different stories. I recommend this book to all fans of Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte...but also to those who like these authors or want to try a new author.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

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DominiqueRossier
Sep 13, 2018

This collection of short stories is a very pleasant way to discover new writers. My "to read list" is several lines longer. A must for anyone that likes Jane Eyre

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Phoebe_2
Nov 18, 2016

I was disappointed by many of the stories.

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1_Great_Book
Oct 27, 2016

Enjoyed a variety of writers' thoughts and interpretations on the theme to be explored.

There is a bit of overkill on the market on Jane Eyre-inspired fiction, but this is unique in that it is short story format and is not limited to the Jane Eyre story.

Much shorter than a spin-off novel, you will enjoy stories by favourite modern authors as well as some new discoveries.

Whether you read them all or just a few, there is something in this collection for every taste.

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VRMurphy
Oct 26, 2016

I'm sorry to quibble, but I really must correct an error. "Reader, I married him." is the first line of the last chapter of Jane Eyre, not the opening line of the novel. Yes, I think it makes a difference.

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uncommonreader
Oct 26, 2016

Twenty-one women writers celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte's birth in this collection of short stories. Not all stories are equally enjoyable, but most are really good.

multcolib_susannel May 15, 2016

What would you answer be if in Jane Eyre's position?

coroboreefarm Apr 28, 2016

I love anything Bronte and am a huge fan of short story collections, so the concept of this book, based on the famous quote " Reader, I married him" from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre immediately appealed to me. As with any anthology, some of these short stories, written by twenty different women authors, were little gems that I loved. Other stories I enjoyed in a lesser way and some just held no appeal for me. Overall I enjoyed the collection, but feel it important to point out to avid Jayne Eyre enthusiasts that not all the stories relate directly to the book, or even to Charlotte Bronte, but rather explore the broader theme of marriage and the idea of romance and marriage.

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