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The Resource Mary B: A Novel

Mary B: A Novel

Label
Mary B: A Novel
Title
Mary B: A Novel
Statement of responsibility
Katherine Chen
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
I will tell you the story of how I knew myself to be plain and therefore devoid of the one virtue which it behooves every woman to have.What 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.Advance 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“Perhaps not even a newly discovered Austen manuscript could exceed the delicious pleasure of Mary B. From an unswept corner of literature, Katherine J. Chen has conjured a heroine whose story is heartbreaking, hilarious, and, finally, thrilling.”—Susan Choi, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of American Woman and My Education“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
Summary
The awkward middle child of five, Mary Bennet, who loses herself in the secret pleasures of reading and writing in 19th-century England, soon discovers that her fictional creations are no match for the very real scandal, tragedy and romance that come into her life
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Character
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10677121
Cataloging source
DLC
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1990-
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Chen, Katherine J
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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1775-1817
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Austen, Jane
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True
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  • Literary Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
Mary B: A Novel
Instantiates
Control code
BORROWBOX:RHC_512351
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780399592232
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Mary B: A Novel
Control code
BORROWBOX:RHC_512351
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780399592232
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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