Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre

Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre

by Tracy Chevalier


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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 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.

Reader, I Married Him will feature stories by:

Tracy Chevalier

Tessa Hadley

Sarah Hall

Helen Dunmore

Kirsty Gunn

Joanna Briscoe

Jane Gardam

Emma Donoghue

Susan Hill

Francine Prose

Elif Shafak

Evie Wyld

Patricia Park

Salley Vickers

Nadifa Mohamed

Esther Freud

Linda Grant

Lionel Shriver

Audrey Niffenegger

Namwali Serpell

Elizabeth McCracken

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594778844
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/22/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 594,786
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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.


London, England

Date of Birth:

October 19, 1962

Place of Birth:

Washington, D.C.


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

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Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
rokinrev More than 1 year ago
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”.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
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.