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Sarah Shoemaker for "Mr. Rochester"

  • SubText Books 6 West 5th Street Saint Paul, MN, 55102 United States (map)

Join us in the store on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 PM to hear Sarah Shoemaker read and discuss her new novel, "Mr. Rochester." Book signing to follow!

2017 celebrates the 170th anniversary of Jane Eyre, but the handsome, mercurial Edward Fairfax Rochester has beguiled and bedeviled readers of Brontë’s masterpiece since its publication. Now, for the first time, we get the chance to meet Rochester on his own terms, and understand the man himself, in all his complexities.

Beginning with his lonely childhood at Thornfield Hall, we follow young Edward through his difficult relationship with his father and brother and his delightfully eccentric education, to his Jamaican exile, where he suffers both a heartbreaking betrayal and a whirlwind love affair with the brilliant and ravishing Bertha. Eventually, Edward must return to England with his increasingly unstable wife to take over as master of Thornfield, and by the time he meets the plain but intriguing new governess, Jane, on the path to his manor on one dark Yorkshire night, readers are fully immersed in his life and invested in his story. Beautifully written and smartly plotted, "Mr. Rochester" is a long overdue addition to the canon and a must-read for fans of Jane Eyre. It satisfyingly answers questions that have tormented fans of Brontë’s masterpiece for nearly two centuries, but you don’t need to have read Jane Eyre to enjoy the depth of Rochester’s world in this terrific new novel—it works as a full standalone in its own right.

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