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Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen's most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy.


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The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne's family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate.

All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love? In Persuasion, as in such novels as Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma, Austen limned the plight of young women who could escape the constraints of family life only by marrying, and suggest the foolishness of women who believed they were free and not dependent on the financial and social resources of men.

At the same time, Persuasion offers an ironic and subtle paean to the true love that enables one woman to rise above straitened economic circumstances and the stifling social conventions that restricted women to narrowly circumscribed lives in the common sitting room. Susan Ostrov Weisser earned her Ph.

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Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover. James definitely writes in an upbeat and accessible way that is appealing to the young adult crowd. I was curious as to how she would handle the adaptation of certain aspects of the original, such as the famous scene where Louisa Musgrove jumps off the Cobb at Lyme and hits her head.


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With a bit of imagination and four-wheelers in the desert, James handled it quite well! It dovetailed nicely with the modernity of the work, which included texting, email, and other modern comforts that made the book all the more appealing to younger generations.

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While nothing can replace the original, I love the idea of meeting a younger generation in the middle—making the story more modern—so they can grow into a love of Jane Austen. Wish it was available when I was a teenager!

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Like Like. This is the next installment in a long history of modernizing Austen. From the desk of Kimberly Denny Ryder: Most of us bon-a-fide Austen lovers strive to share our love of Austen with everyone around us.

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