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Hale, Shannon, author

Our protagonist Jane is a contemporary young New York City 'spinster'. While she has a great career, she longs for the Regency era of old England. She loves 'Pride and Prejudice' and Colin Firth. Something happens which thrusts Jane into a fictional resort in England, where visitors have to behave like Elizabeth and Mr Darcy

Paperback, Book. English. Chick lit. General.
Published London: Bloomsbury, 2013

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Statement of responsibility: Shannon Hale
ISBN: 140884009X, 9781408840092
Physical Description: 196 pages ; 20 cm
Subject: Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 Influence Fiction.

Author note

Shannon's mother says she was a storyteller from birth, jabbering endlessly in her carriage as the two strolled through the neighborhood; once she could form complete sentences, she made up stories, bribing her younger siblings to perform them in mini plays. When she was ten, she began writing books, mostly fantasy stories where she was the heroine, and she continued writing secretly for years while pursuing acting in stage and improv comedy. After detours studying in Mexico, the U. K., and Paraguay, Shannon earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Utah and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. In the interim, she submitted short stories and novels to magazines and publishers, saving all her rejection letters which she has since laminated into one continuous 60-foot roll which she proudly unfurls to audiences as a testament to her dedication and determination. Since the publication of her first book, The Goose Girl, in 2003, Shannon has become a beloved author to young readers as well as booksellers and educators. Her third novel, Princess Academy, earned her a Newbery Honor and is a New York Times bestseller. Shannon has also written three books for adults, Austenland, Midnight in Austenland and The Actor and the Housewife. Shannon lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, Dean, their children, and their pet, a small plastic pig.


Adorable! This is the best tribute to obsessed Austen freaks (like me) that I've ever read
Stephenie Meyer||Gloriously satisfying.
Glamour||Allow me to direct you to the best Austen tribute since Karen Joy Fowler's The Jane Austen Book Club: Shannon Hale's clever and imaginative Austenland ... Hale's charming first book for adults is chick lit with soul
Bookpage||Funny, moving and a real surprise
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