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I'm a multitasking, knitting, cooking, voraciously-reading library worker who wants to spread her bibliomania as far as possible.

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Ash and Silver: A Sanctuary Novel
Carol Berg
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Madeleine E. Robins
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Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death, and the SATs

Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death, and the SATs - Paula Marantz Cohen This was cute. The setup felt a little heavy-handed in the first 30 pages or so, but that may just be because I've read Persuasion about twelve times and was thinking, "Okay, I got it."

Cohen deviated from Persuasion's storyline enough that I didn't spend the entire story knowing exactly what was going to happen next. It's an adaptation, so it was apparent sometimes, but not always. So basically, I give her props for telling a completely separate story while harkening back to the basis for the tale.

Funniest moment in the book: Anne's grandmother lambasting women for trying to live Jane Austen novels, complaining that Persuasion's Anne Elliot was way too long-suffering to be allowed to be happy in real life. A clever bit of lampshade hanging. Hee.