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 famous line in Charlotte Brontë’s most beloved novel, Jane Eyre.
A fixture in the literary canon, Charlotte Brontë is revered by readers all over the world. Her novels featuring unforgettable, strong heroines still resonate with millions today. And who could forget one of literature’s best-known lines: “Reader, I married him” from her classic novel Jane Eyre?
Part of a remarkable family that produced three acclaimed female writers at a time in 19th-century Britain when few women wrote, and fewer were published, Brontë has become a great source of inspiration to writers, especially women, ever since. Now in Reader, I Married Him, twenty of today’s most celebrated women authors have spun original stories, using the famous line from Jane Eyre as a springboard for their own flights of imagination.
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Unique, inventive, and poignant, the stories in Reader, I Married Him pay homage to the literary genius of Charlotte Brontë, and demonstrate once again that her extraordinary vision continues to inspire readers and writers.
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About the Author
Tracy Chevalier is the author of the New York Times bestsellers At the Edge of the Orchard and Girl with a Pearl Earring, among others. She lives in London.
Date of Birth:October 19, 1962
Place of Birth:Washington, D.C.
Education:B.A. in English, Oberlin College, 1984; M.A. in creative writing, University of East Anglia, 1994
Table of Contents
Foreword Tracy Chevalier 1
My Mother's Wedding Tessa Hadley 7
Luxury Hour Sarah Hall 19
Grace Poole Her Testimony Helen Dunmore 31
Dangerous Dog Kirsty Gunn 41
To Hold Joanna Briscoe 55
It's a Man's Life, Ladies Jane Gardam 67
Since First I Saw Your Face Emma Donoghue 79
Reader, I Married Him Susan Hill 97
The Mirror Francine Prose 109
A Migrating Bird Elif Shafak 119
Behind the Mountain Evie Wyld 131
The China from Buenos Aires Patricia Park 143
Reader, She Married Me Salley Vickers 161
Dorset Gap Tracy Chevalier 171
Party Girl Nadifa Mohamed 183
Transference Esther Freud 191
The Mash-Up Linda Grant 203
The Self-Seeding Sycamore Lionel Shriver 213
The Orphan Exchange Audrey Niffenegger 233
Double Mew Namwali Serpell 247
Robinson Crusoe at the Waterpark Elizabeth McCracken 261
Notes on the Contributors 283
A Note on Charlotte Bronte 293
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After hearing part of this book of Short Stories read one night on “Selected Shorts” on NPR/PRI I was quite taken with the three that were read, and went on a hunt for the book. Jane Eyre has been my favorite Gothic romance for over 50 years. Some of these stories are seen through the eyes of the “Greek chorus “ in Jane Eyre, the characters who are mostly quiet...or dead...or both. Others are just so...creepy I could hardly get through them. But the depth, breadth and scope of th compilation leads to unique twists on “Reader,I married him”.
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A collection of short stories with the prompt - Reader, I Married Him. Each author took that line and went with it! I loved the set up in the beginning with the forward by Tracy Chevalier, she describes what these authors were given and kind of a small glimpse of what the authors did with that prompt, I appreciated that little spoiler. Many of these authors this was my first time reading them and this is one of my favorite parts of reading short story collections. I have a list of authors that I now want to seek out their full works after reading just a small bit of what they can do. In this collection there was only one or two stories that I didn't enjoy and could have skipped over, but this was probably the highest percentage of liking stories out of a collection.