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Mary B : a novel : an untold story of Pride and prejudice

Author: Katherine J Chen; Jane Austen; Marisa Calin
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : Fiction : English : Unabridged
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The overlooked middle sister in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice casts off her prim exterior and takes center stage in this fresh retelling of the classic novel."Perhaps not even a newly discovered Austen manuscript could exceed the delicious pleasure of Mary B."--Susan Choi, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of American Woman and My EducationWhat is to be done with Mary Bennet? She possesses neither the beauty of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Love stories
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Fiction
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Chen, Katherine J., 1990-
Mary B.
[Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape, [2018]
(OCoLC)1032828328
Named Person: Jane Austen
Material Type: Fiction, Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine J Chen; Jane Austen; Marisa Calin
ISBN: 9780525631392 0525631399
OCLC Number: 1046066757
Performer(s): Read by Marisa Calin.
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file (11 hr., 48 min., 48 sec.)) : digital.
Responsibility: Katherine J. Chen.

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The overlooked middle sister in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice casts off her prim exterior and takes center stage in this fresh retelling of the classic novel."Perhaps not even a newly discovered Austen manuscript could exceed the delicious pleasure of Mary B."--Susan Choi, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of American Woman and My EducationWhat is to be done with Mary Bennet? She possesses neither the beauty of her eldest sister, Jane, nor the high-spirited wit of second-born Lizzy. Even compared to her frivolous younger siblings, Kitty and Lydia, Mary knows she is lacking in the ways that matter for single, not-so-well-to-do women in nineteenth-century England who must secure their futures through the finding of a husband. As her sisters wed, one by one, Mary pictures herself growing old, a spinster with no estate to run or children to mind, dependent on the charity of others. At least she has the silent rebellion and secret pleasures of reading and writing to keep her company. But even her fictional creations are no match for the scandal, tragedy, and romance that eventually visit Mary's own life. In Mary B, readers are transported beyond the center of the ballroom to discover that wallflowers are sometimes the most intriguing guests at the party. Beneath Mary's plain appearance and bookish demeanor simmers an inner life brimming with passion, humor, and imagination--and a voice that demands to be heard. Set before, during, and after the events of Pride and Prejudice, Katherine J. Chen's vividly original debut novel pays homage to a beloved classic while envisioning a life that is difficult to achieve in any era: that of a truly independent woman.Praise for Mary B "The best part about Mary's star turn is that it bears little relation to the fates of her sisters. She's a simmering, churning, smart woman determined to concoct an independent life."--The Washington Post"Pride and Prejudice's beloved story is re-spun through the eyes of mousy, overlooked--and now feminist--middle child, Mary."--Family Circle"Chen has dipped into Pride and Prejudice to pluck out and celebrate the seemingly most unpromising of the Bennet sisters. In giving Mary Bennet a resonant voice of her own, Chen has fashioned a luminous and enlightening novel that will entrance even, or especially, those who have not read Jane Austen's masterpiece."--John Banville, Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea and Mrs. Osmond

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