This book is edited by Tracy Chevalier. It’s a compilation of love and lack of love stories in tribute to Jane Eyre of Charlotte Brontë. Some of these stories are told by characters of the honored novel, for example, Jane, Grace Poole and Mr. Rochester and some other stories are told by completely different characters. All of them mention the honored novel or the phrase Reader, I married him with variations.
There were four stories that I liked.
The first one, “Dangerous Dog” of Kirsty Gunn, it’s about a woman named Kitty who has to write a short story for a course she’s studying. She likes her teacher, Mr. Reed. She decides to write about the day when she was walking on the park and she saw a group of young ones bullying a little pit bull terrier because they wanted the dog to be mean. She decided to defend the dog and that’s the beginning of the story.
The second one, “A Migrating Bird” of Elif Shafak, it’s about how someone can misinterpret the actions of somebody else and think that the other one has romantic intentions. Ayla is a turkish and islamic girl. She meets Gerard, a foreigner and christian. They become very close, but at the end Ayla is dissapointed.
The third one, “Dorset Gap” of Tracy Chevalier, it’s about Jenn and Ed, a boy and a girl who, during a group travel, decide to make a trip separated from the group. They arrive to Dorset Gap, a beautiful and quiet place where you can leave a historical mark of your visit writing something you want to share in a notebook.
And the fourth one, “The self-seeding sycamore” of Lionel Shriver, it’s about how an invasive sycamore ends putting together Jeannete Dickson and her neighbour Burt Cuss, after having different opinions and Jeannete having an accident.
If you liked reading Jane Eyre, you will like this compilation.