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Romancing Miss Brontë : a novel

by Gael, Juliet.

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Gael
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Fiction FIC GAE
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Collection  Fiction
 
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction GAEL Juliet
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Collection  Fiction
 
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Northland Public Library Fiction FIC GAEL
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Summary
In this astonishing novel, a brilliant mélange of fact and fiction, Juliet Gael skillfully and stylishly captures the passions, hopes, dreams, and sorrows of literature's most famous sisters--and imagines how love dramatically and most unexpectedly found Charlotte Brontë.

During the two years that she studied in Brussels, Charlotte had a taste of life's splendors--travel, literature, and art. Now, back home in the Yorkshire moors, duty-bound to a blind father and an alcoholic brother, an ambitious Charlotte refuses to sink into hopelessness. With her sisters, Emily and Anne, Charlotte conceives a plan to earn money and pursue a dream: The Brontës will publish. In childhood the Brontë children created fantastical imaginary worlds; now the sisters craft novels quite unlike anything written before. Transforming her loneliness and personal sorrow into a triumph of literary art, Charlotte pens her 1847 masterpiece, Jane Eyre.

Charlotte's novel becomes an overwhelming literary success, catapulting the shy and awkward young woman into the spotlight of London's fashionable literary scene--and into the arms of her new publisher, George Smith, an irresistibly handsome young man whose interest in his fiercely intelligent and spirited new author seems to go beyond professional duty. But just as life begins to hold new promise, unspeakable tragedy descends on the Brontë household, throwing London and George into the background and leaving Charlotte to fear that the only romance she will ever find is at the tip of her pen.
 
But another man waits in the Brontës' Haworth parsonage--the quiet but determined curate Arthur Nicholls. After secretly pining for Charlotte since he first came to work for her father, Arthur suddenly reveals his heart to her.

Romancing Miss Brontë is a fascinating portrayal of an extraordinary woman whose life and work articulated our deepest human longing: to love and be loved in return.
 
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Biographers have long examined the emotional life of Charlotte Brontë, as revealed in her novels (notably Villette) and correspondence. Here first-novelist Gael takes a fictive look at the last decade of the author's life, during which Brontë sisters Anne, Charlotte, and Emily published poetry and novels as brothers Acton, Currer, and Ellis Bell, and Currer's Jane Eyre took the literary world by storm. But the emphasis here is on Charlotte's unrequited love, first for her French professor and later for her publisher, and the man whose love for her grows over the years. When curate Arthur Nicholls summons the courage to propose, Charlotte must overcome her father's objections to the match and decide between a marriage lacking the passion displayed in her novels or a single life. Gael sprinkles Charlotte's actual letters into this portrayal of the poverty and isolation of the Brontë family, and the tragedies that beset it, in language that seems true to the times. A moving view of a literary giant and the emotion that fueled her work.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In her debut, Gael makes a valiant attempt to blend fact with fiction as she transports readers to 19th-century England, where Charlotte Bronte conspires with her sisters to publish their works under pseudonyms. The publications aren't instant successes, and shortly after Charlotte's Jane Eyre creates a stir in London, a wave of deaths in her family leaves Charlotte as the sole caretaker of her aging father. That responsibility, combined with her "average" looks, seem certain to fate Charlotte to a life of spinsterhood-until a confession of undying love comes from an unlikely corner. Charlotte has a choice: will she settle for less than that all-encompassing passion she writes about? Or would she rather be alone for the rest of her life? Through letters written by Bronte herself and research on her life and life's work, Gael paints an accurate and intriguing depiction of the author, though her dedication to her material leads portions to read like straightforward biography. There are a number of good moments, though, and Bronte fans will surely enjoy this look at the author's life, even if it doesn't bleed like the classics. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Brontë, Charlotte, -- 1816-1855 -- Fiction.
Brontë family -- Fiction.
Authors -- Fiction.
Women authors -- Fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Publisher New York :Ballantine Books,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 416 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780345520043 (acid-free paper)
0345520041 (acid-free paper)
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