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August 09, 2007

Seeing Stars

I couldn't agree more with Publisher Weekly's starred review of fellow Point-blogger, Lori Smith's new book, coming out this October, A Walk with Jane Austen: A Journey into Love, Adventure and Faith. I've had a sneak preview of the book and truly it is all this and more. I can't wait to tell you more about it when I get back from Africa in a few weeks:

A Walk with Jane Austen: A Journey into Love, Adventure and Faith
Lori Smith. WaterBrook, $13.99 paper (256p) ISBN 978-1-4000-7370-2
In this engaging, deeply personal and well-researched travelogue, Smith (a PW contributor) journeys to England to soak in the places of Jane Austen's life and writings. The book is sure to ride the wave of Austen-philia that has recently swept through Hollywood and a new generation of Americans, but this is an unusual look at Jane Austen. Readers will learn plenty of biographical details—about Austen's small and intimate circle of family and friends, her candid letters to her sister, her possible loves and losses, her never-married status, her religious feelings, and her untimely death at the age of 41. But it is the author's passionate connection to "Jane"—the affinity she feels and her imaginings of Austen's inner life—that bring Austen to life in ways no conventional biographer could....

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