A BOOK TALK for all you Jane Austen junkies out there: Second Impressions

Second Impressions, by Ava Farmer

If Jane Austen had lived longer than her all-too-brief one-and-fourty years, this might have been the sequel to Pride and Prejudice.  Written in the idiom of Austen’s time, Second Impressions is a story of the Darcy family, their friends, and relations.  It has been ten years’ time since that happiest of days when Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters.  What does Elizabeth do all day at Pemberly? Has Lady Catherine been allowed to visit? Have Mr. and Mrs. Wickham become, as Jane Bennet predicted, steady and rational? What about England’s most eligible daughter, Georgiana Darcy? Even Anne de Bourgh has a life after P&P.

With the Great French War over and peace come, at least, what doesEnglandlook like in the late Regency? Is there a place for Austen’s heroes and heroines in anEnglandgreatly changed by industrializations, a new elite of fortunes made in trade, and reformist politics? It may be safely conjectured that Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are settled and happy, as are Jane and her Bingley, Austen left the protagonists finished and complete (or are they?), but there are other characters, other lives, and other loves to explore.

Ava Farmer is a fictious nom de plume of a real person who wishes to remain fictionalized.  The founder of a large technology company and a small grunge cosmetics company, Ava now spends her time contemplating cow and the scourge which is industrialized, chemical agriculture.  She is also the author of a now-obsolete dictionary of terms related to digital music, and the translator/editor of an old book on carriage driving.  None of the above qualifies her to write this novel, but she hopes you will buy it anyway.  All profits from Second Impressions go to The Chawton House Library, a non-profit resource for the study of English women’s writing to support students and research of women writers, pre-1830, writing in English, world-wide.

…and you have the chance to meet the author AND purchase the book! Make it a book club outing.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: The Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia

Light refreshments (wine and cheese) will be served (5:30–6:15 PM), followed by an author talk (6:15–7:15 PM), and book signing (7:15–7:30 PM).

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