A beautifully imagined tale of the Bronte sisters and the writing of Jane Eyre.
Sheila Kohler was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She currently teaches at Princeton University. Becoming Jane Eyre is her 10th book. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, O Magazine and included in the Best American Short Stories. She has twice won an O'Henry Prize, as well as an Open Fiction Award, a Willa Cather Prize, and a Smart Family Foundation Prize. Her novel Cracks was nominated for an Impac Award.
Sheila Kohler moves with assured ease between fiction and biography, between the inner life of Charlotte Bronte as she composes Jane Eyre and the comedy of professional rivalry among the three Bronte sisters.Her work is both spare and sensuous - understated and fraught with tension...involving the reader so intensely. - Joyce Carol OatesBecoming Jane Eyre is lush and filled with dark sensuality and the tension of unsaid things. The style is quite different from Charlotte Bronte's in Jane Eyre, yet the tone and imagery and spirit remain in the same realm. Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books and Sheila Kohler one of my favourite writers.Sheila Kohler's imagination - deep and playful, always original - instinctively completes that of her elusive subject, Charlotte Bronte, with such intelligence and perception that we give ourselves over without hesitation....a stirring exploration of the passions and resentments that inspired this 19th-century classic. - Washington PostWith an appreciation for their craft and sympathy for their difficult profession, Becoming Jane Eyre is a tender telling of the Bronte family's saga and the stories they told. - Boston GlobePast perfect. - Bella