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Karen Joy Fowler

Author of The Jane Austen Book Club

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About the Author

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of several novels and short story collections. Her works include Sarah Canary, The Sweetheart Season, Sister Noon, and The Jane Austen Book Club. She has received numerous awards including the World Fantasy Award in 1999 for Black Glass, the World Fantasy Award in show more 2011 for What I Didn't See, and the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. This same title was nominated for The Man Booker Prize for Best Novel in 2014. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Karen Joy Fowler

The Jane Austen Book Club (2004) 6,411 copies
Sarah Canary (1991) 753 copies
Booth (2022) 563 copies
Wit's End (2008) 474 copies
Sister Noon (2001) 298 copies
The Sweetheart Season (1996) 251 copies
What I Didn't See: Stories (2010) 233 copies
Black Glass: Stories (1986) 213 copies
Artificial Things (1986) 169 copies
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 (2016) — Editor — 167 copies
The Jane Austen Book Club [2007 film] (2008) — Original novel — 159 copies
80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin (2010) — Editor — 37 copies
The War of the Roses (1991) 13 copies
Peripheral Vision (1990) 13 copies
Black Glass [novelette] (1991) 5 copies
Private Grave 9 — Author — 5 copies
The Elizabeth Complex (1996) 4 copies
Lieserl (1990) 4 copies
King Rat 4 copies
Halfway People 3 copies
Lily Red [short story] (1998) 3 copies
Go Back [short story] (1998) 1 copy
2007 1 copy
The Brew [short story] (1995) 1 copy

Associated Works

Jane Austen: Seven Novels (1811) — Introduction, some editions — 5,364 copies
McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales (2002) — Contributor — 1,470 copies
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters (2017) — Introduction — 970 copies
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contributor — 821 copies
Women Who Read Are Dangerous (2005) — Foreword, some editions — 629 copies
Black Swan, White Raven (1997) — Contributor — 585 copies
Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century (2001) — Contributor — 449 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection (1992) — Contributor — 414 copies
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contributor — 414 copies
Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology (2006) — Contributor — 308 copies
Happily Ever After (2011) — Contributor — 296 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection (1986) — Contributor — 227 copies
The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet (2007) — Contributor — 223 copies
Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold (2016) — Contributor — 219 copies
Alternate Empires (What Might Have Been, Vol. 1) (1989) — Contributor — 208 copies
Cursed: An Anthology of Dark Fairy Tales (2020) — Contributor — 203 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection (1987) — Contributor — 201 copies
Conjunctions: 39, The New Wave Fabulists (2002) — Contributor — 197 copies
The Secret History of Science Fiction (2009) — Contributor — 196 copies
Year's Best SF 13 (2008) — Contributor — 191 copies
Full Spectrum 3 (1991) — Contributor — 168 copies
Trampoline: An Anthology (2003) — Contributor — 167 copies
Eclipse 3: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2009) — Contributor — 160 copies
Vanishing Acts: A Science Fiction Anthology (2000) — Contributor — 156 copies
Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn (1995) — Contributor — 148 copies
Future on Ice (1998) — Contributor — 143 copies
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Six (2012) — Contributor, some editions — 138 copies
Alien Contact (2011) — Contributor — 128 copies
Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn: Volume 2 (1999) — Contributor — 122 copies
Wicked Wonders (2017) — Introduction — 122 copies
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume I (1985) — Contributor — 121 copies
The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women (2014) — Contributor — 110 copies
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contributor — 109 copies
The Best of Crank! (1998) — Author — 100 copies
Nebula Awards 33 (1999) — Contributor — 99 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2009 (2009) — Contributor — 92 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2005 (2005) — Contributor — 82 copies
Digital Domains: A Decade of Science Fiction & Fantasy (2010) — Contributor — 81 copies
Ascendancies: The Best of Bruce Sterling (2007) — Introduction — 81 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #15 (1986) — Contributor — 76 copies
The Best of Subterranean (2017) — Contributor — 73 copies
Full Spectrum 5 (1995) — Contributor — 73 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2012 Edition (2013) — Contributor — 71 copies
In the Field of Fire (1987) — Contributor — 68 copies
The Apes of Wrath (2013) — Contributor — 66 copies
Intersections: The Sycamore Hill Anthology (1995) — Contributor — 65 copies
Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition (2008) — Contributor — 63 copies
Collected Stories (2009) — Introduction — 61 copies
Skin of the Soul (1990) — Contributor — 60 copies
Year's Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 2 (2015) — Contributor — 59 copies
Attack of the Jazz Giants: and Other Stories (2005) — Introduction — 58 copies
Isaac Asimov's SF-Lite (1993) — Contributor — 52 copies
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume VII (1991) — Contributor — 51 copies
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings (2012) — Contributor — 50 copies
Interzone: The 3rd Anthology (1988) — Contributor — 50 copies
David Copperfield's Beyond Imagination (1996) — Contributor — 46 copies
The Unicorn Anthology (2017) — Contributor — 46 copies
Powers: Secret Histories: A Bibliography (2009) — Contributor — 43 copies
Crucified Dreams (2011) — Contributor — 39 copies
And the Angels Sing: Stories (1992) — Foreword — 38 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2018 Edition (2018) — Contributor — 35 copies
The Great Silence (2016) — Foreword, some editions; Introduction — 35 copies
Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition (2008) — Contributor — 32 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
Neat Sheets: The Poetry of James Tiptree, Jr. (1996) — Foreword — 26 copies
The Mammoth Book of the Mummy (2017) — Contributor — 25 copies
Terminal Visions (2000) — Foreword — 25 copies
We, Robots (2010) — Contributor — 23 copies
Isaac Asimov's Robots (1991) — Contributor — 23 copies
Letters from Home (1991) — Author — 22 copies
Interzone: The 5th Anthology (1991) — Contributor — 22 copies
Thief of Lives (2011) — Introduction, some editions — 21 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 34 • March 2013 (2013) — Contributor — 18 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 21, No. 8 [August 1997] (1997) — Contributor — 16 copies
Because I Love Her (2009) — Contributor — 14 copies
Alien Contact [ebook] (2011) — Contributor — 14 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 33, No. 6 [June 2009] (1909) — Contributor — 12 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 22 • March 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 11 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 66 • November 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Year's Best Fantasy: Volume One (2022) — Contributor — 8 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 77 • October 2016 (2016) — Contributor — 8 copies
Spirits Unwrapped (2019) — Contributor — 8 copies
Making History: Classic Alternate History Stories (2019) — Contributor — 8 copies
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 20 (2012) — Contributor — 8 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 14 • July 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 8 copies
Heyne Jahresband Science Fiction 1989. (1989) — Contributor — 7 copies
I mondi del possibile (1993) — Contributor — 7 copies
Ikarus 2001. Best of Science Fiction. (2001) — Contributor — 7 copies
Subterranean Magazine Winter 2014 — Contributor — 6 copies
Wassermans Roboter (1988) — Contributor — 6 copies
Interzone 042 (1990) — Contributor — 5 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 109 (June 2019) (2019) — Contributor — 5 copies
Futurs tous azimuts (1992) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Roots of Fantasy: Myth, Folklore & Archetype (1989) — Contributor — 4 copies
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazin 36. Folge (1992) — Contributor — 4 copies
StarShipSofa Stories Volume 3 — Contributor — 4 copies
Interzone 023 (1988) — Contributor — 4 copies
Papa Godzilla (1989) — Contributor — 3 copies
Territoires de l'inquiétude. 7 (1993) — Contributor — 3 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 124 (September 2020) (2020) — Contributor — 2 copies
Subterranean Magazine Summer 2011 — Contributor — 2 copies
Die Sterne sind weiblich (1993) — Contributor — 2 copies
Omni Magazine November 1989 (1989) — Contributor — 2 copies
Das Blei der Zeit (1993) — Contributor — 1 copy
Science Fiction Eye #10, June 1992 — Contributor — 1 copy
Science Fiction Eye #07, August 1990 — Contributor — 1 copy
Locus Nr.492 2002.01 — Contributor — 1 copy
Millemondi Inverno 1992 — Contributor — 1 copy
Mondaugen — Contributor — 1 copy
Science Fiction Eye #08, Winter 1991 — Contributor — 1 copy

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Rosemary tells the story of growing up in her family with her brother, sister, imaginary twin sister, and parents. Her father is a professor of behavioral psychology. She starts the story in the middle, jumps around a bit, and eventually makes it through the beginning and the end. The most important milestone in her life is when her sister leaves.

This novel pulled at my heartstrings. It was funny, sad and a page-turner all at the same time. And I learned a lot.
 
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LisaMorr | 243 other reviews | Feb 12, 2024 |
Hmmm. Torn between three and four and choosing to round down.

Interesting, sad, upsetting but somehow all oddly clinical and detached. I felt bad for just about everyone involved in this story and I liked the framework and the odd timeline but I did not enjoy the middle sections when Rosie was in college and getting into trouble with Harlow.

I wanted to know much much more about life with Fern.

I think I have to dig out my copy of Ape House (a book I bought but never actually read) and maybe some non-fiction about chimpanzees too.… (more)
 
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hmonkeyreads | 243 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
I've read the (very) negative reviews of this (there are many) and I have to say, I think a lot of people just didn't get this book. They wanted it to be plot-driven and fun (as so many Austen take-offs are), but this book is much more character-driven and contemplative. I learned a lot about Jane Austen from it (especially from the back matter) and it was a great way to continue to explore her work. It's also so gratifying for me to read about people who live for and through literature. The characters all seemed real to me. I enjoyed their back stories, their foibles, the glimpses into their psyches. Though not the most enthralling novel, this contains many little everyday life stories that are memorable and full of meaning.

To explain my favorite part of the book, I'll have to go into spoiler territory. In the chapter where the club discusses [b:Persuasion|2156|Persuasion|Jane Austen|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1298411870s/2156.jpg|2534720], Sylvia's husband writes her a great love letter. As you may know, the best thing about Persuasion is the love letter Wentworth sends to Anne in the end. Sigh. Is there anything better than a great love letter?

And, for fun, I decided who each character resembled in the world of Austen:

Prudie = Mrs. Bennet. You're not totally stupid, but you're super annoying and married to someone who's probably too good for you. Also, you are way too interested in young men.

Jocelyn = Elinor Dashwood. You're so together and sensible. But it seems like you're so worried about other people's happiness that you're going to let your own slip by the wayside.

Sylvia = Fanny Price. So annoying. You are not perfect! You try to be good and somehow end up making me really dislike you.

Allegra = Marianne Dashwood. Girl, you crazy. Even though you're the life of the party, you seem bound to end up with a dullsville mate.

Bernadette = Emma. I know Bernadette is old and Emma is young, but they both think they're the queen and we're the sorry people.

Grigg = Henry Tilney. So likable and clever with weird taste in women.

(You will notice only one of the characters from my favorite Austen novels, P&P and Persuasion, made it on the list. That's probably why the book got three stars instead of four.)
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LibrarianDest | 192 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
I really enjoyed this, however, I thought I was reading a noirish dark thriller type of novel. Turns out, I was reading a book about monkeys.
It's still great, but definitely not what it was sold to me as.
 
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kimlovesstuff | 243 other reviews | Dec 31, 2023 |

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Reviews
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ISBNs
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Languages
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Favorited
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