The Jane Austen Book Club- Karen Joy Fowler

Cover of "The Jane Austen Book Club"

Cover of The Jane Austen Book Club

This review was written 25/5/09

Synopsis(from Amazon)

Six people, five women and a man  meet once a month in California’s Central Valley to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. They are ordinary people, neither happy nor unhappy, but each of them is wounded in different ways, they are all mixed up about their lives and relationships. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable  under the guiding eye of Jane Austen a couple of them even fall in love.


Don’t really have much to say about this book. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either, just pretty much middle of the road. Maybe I would have got more out of it if I was an Austen reader but I’m not! I didn’t feel a particular attachment to any of the characters, I quite liked Greig and I found Prudie a bit cold but I didn’t really care that much about any of them. It was an enjoyable enough read but I’ve read plenty better



Filed under Chicklit, Fiction review

7 responses to “The Jane Austen Book Club- Karen Joy Fowler

  1. That’s interesting that the book didn’t resonate with someone who is not an Austen reader. Of course, the title suggests a certain reading demographic but it’s too bad that it didn’t go beyond its obvious demographic (Austen readers).


  2. lucybirdbooks

    Well I’ve actually read my first Austen since writing the review, and I still can’t say I rate it.


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  4. When I read the book several years ago I felt the same way that you did and I am a huge Austen fan. I do like the movie, however, and I wonder if the book improves after viewing it because everyone that I know that has read the book loves it. Oh well, it happens sometimes that books just don’t click.
    I’m visiting from the Saturday morning Blog preview of book reviews site.



  5. Is this the one the movie is based on? (I haven’t seen the movie either.)
    I do enjoy Jane Austen, particularly “Pride and Prejudice,” but I have little patience for books that are “just OK.” I like a book to grab me!
    Thanks for your review. Hope you’ll check out my review at


  6. lucybirdbooks

    It is indeed. I have seen, and preferred, the film but didn’t think that was much more than OK either.

    I like books that grab me too. I will persevere a little because I want to give books a proper chance (and some of my favourite books have started slowly).

    Thanks for visiting 🙂


  7. lucybirdbooks

    I think I preferred the film too, on reflection, although I can’t say I really liked the film that much, at least not enough to see it again. I can’t remember if I saw the film first, I think I did and that may have made me expect more from the book.

    Thanks for dropping by.


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