Flatiron Books Miss Austen
Flatiron Books Miss Austen

Miss Austen

By Gill Hornby

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Publication Date: March 16, 2021

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Now in paperback: Jo Baker's Longbourn meets Therese Anne Fowler's Z in this witty, poignant novel about Cassandra Austen and her famous sister, Jane.

Whoever looked at an elderly lady and saw the young heroine she once was?

England, 1840. For the two decades following the death of her beloved sister, Jane, Cassandra Austen has lived alone, spending her days visiting friends and relations and quietly, purposefully working to protect her sister’s reputation. Now in her sixties and increasingly frail, Cassandra goes to stay with the Fowles of Kintbury, family of her long-dead fiancé, in search of a trove of Jane’s letters. Dodging her melancholy hostess and a meddlesome housemaid, Cassandra eventually hunts down the letters and confronts the buried secrets they hold, secrets not only about Jane but also about Cassandra herself. Will Cassandra bare the most private details of her life to the world, or commit her sister’s legacy to the flames?

Moving back and forth between the dusty vicarage and Cassandra’s vibrant memories of her years with Jane, interwoven with Jane’s brilliantly reimagined lost letters, Miss Austen is the untold story of the most important person in Jane Austen’s life. With extraordinary empathy, emotional complexity, and wit, Gill Hornby finally gives Cassandra Austen her due, bringing to life a woman as captivating as any Austen heroine.

About the Author

Gill Hornby is the author of the novels The Hive and All Together Now, as well as The Story of Jane Austen, a biography of Austen for young readers. She lives in Kintbury, England, with her husband and their four children.

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 288 pages

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publication Date: March 16, 2021

ISBN: 9781250252210

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