Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter-First Paragraph in which she, and those of us who join her, posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she is reading or planning to read.
Next week our family is headed to Disneyland for a last hurrah before the last chicks leave the nest for college in August. I plan to read Jane, Actually: or Jane Austen's Book Tour by Jennifer Petkus on the plane ride.
A woman writer, especially one long dead, should think seriously before turning down any offer from a publisher, even if it be for completing a book that one had long ago abandoned. After all, the passage of time, circumstances and not least the loss of one's body, affords a new perspective.
While this opening is delightful and full of promise, I feel that I have to provide you with the Amazon blurb because this is one of those genre-defying novels that you just can't make any assumptions about.
With the invention of the AfterNet, death isn’t quite the end to a literary career it once was, and Jane Austen, the grande dame of English literature, is poised for a comeback with the publication of Sanditon, the book she was writing upon her death in 1817. But how does a disembodied author sign autographs and appear on talk shows? With the aid of Mary Crawford, a struggling acting student who plays the role of the Regency author who wrote Pride and Prejudice and Emma and Sense and Sensibility. But Austen discovers her second chance at a literary career also gives her a second chance at happiness and possibly even … love.