This is the book for literary nerds. This is the book for period Anglophiles. This is the book for those whose guilty pleasure rests in just a small puddle of blood. This is for those who always hated excusing the sexism in classics. This is for those who want to see satire done right. Whether you're a fan of Jane Eyre, or just looking for a great, fun novel to sink your teeth into, this is the book you need to lose yourself in this year. Funny, intelligent, on-point - I loved getting to know Jane Steele, and hated having to leave her world.
You can't help but root for Jane Steele. She is sarcastic, witty, and hyper aware of herself. Everything you could hope for in a 19th century protagonist with a modern twist. It very neatly falls into the gothic romance genre. Lyndsay Faye has a sharp voice to match Miss Steele's bite. I want to put it into the hands of everyone I know.
Sometimes you just need to escape from the real world for a while. Sometimes, that escape might be classic literature. Sometimes, it might be humor. Sometimes, it might even involve a little bit of murder. Lucky for you, this has all three. No prior experience with Jane Eyre required – just a tolerance for Edwardian England and a little bit of blood.
April 2016 Indie Next List
“It would be the easy way out for me to describe Jane Steele as an utterly delightful and charmingly murderous retelling of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. However, I am honor-bound to inform readers that Faye has created much more than that: she has spun a snappy, tongue-in-cheek masterpiece that both thrills readers to the bone and expertly plucks their heartstrings in all the right places. One can't help but cheer on the tenacious Steele as she drinks, swears, stabs, and gallops her way through her quest to find love, home, and self, while stepping delicately over the bodies of her tormentors -- so as not to ruin her dress -- along the way. An absolutely marvelous book!”
— Rebecca Speas (E), One More Page, Arlington, VA
Nominated for the 2017 Edgar Award for Best NovelThe reimagining of Jane Eyre as a gutsy, heroic serial killer that The New York Times Book Review calls "wonderfully entertaining" and USA Today describes as "sheer mayhem meets Victorian propriety." "A thrill ride of a novel. A must read for lovers of Jane Eyre, dark humor, and mystery." --PopSugar.com "Reader, I murdered him." A sensitive orphan, Jane Steele suffers first at the hands of her spiteful aunt and predatory cousin, then at a grim school where she fights for her very life until escaping to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law while penning macabre "last confessions" of the recently hanged, Jane thrills at discovering an advertisement. Her aunt has died and her childhood home has a new master: Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess. Burning to know whether she is in fact the rightful heir, Jane takes the position incognito and learns that Highgate House is full of marvelously strange new residents--the fascinating but caustic Mr. Thornfield, an army doctor returned from the Sikh Wars, and the gracious Sikh butler Mr. Sardar Singh, whose history with Mr. Thornfield appears far deeper and darker than they pretend. As Jane catches ominous glimpses of the pair's violent history and falls in love with the gruffly tragic Mr. Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: Can she possess him--body, soul, and secrets--without revealing her own murderous past? A satirical romance about identity, guilt, goodness, and the nature of lies, by a writer who Matthew Pearl calls "superstar-caliber" and whose previous works Gillian Flynn declared "spectacular," Jane Steele is a brilliant and deeply absorbing book inspired by Charlotte Bronte's classic Jane Eyre.
About the Author
Lyndsay Faye is the author of five critically acclaimed books: Dust and Shadow; The Gods of Gotham, which was nominated for an Edgar for Best Novel; Seven for a Secret; The Fatal Flame; and Jane Steele. Faye, a true New Yorker in the sense she was born elsewhere, lives in New York City with her husband, Gabriel.