Truth in fiction
Literary mystery a treat for Brontë fans
Special to the Whig
Samantha Whipple is the last descendant of the Brontë family and presumed heir of the rumored Brontë estate and fortune. Is it real – or just fiction? That’s the question in this literary mystery, “The Madwoman Upstairs.”
“The Madwoman Upstairs” is a smart, witty and original first novel by Catherine Lowell. Heroine Samantha believes the hidden treasure to be a piece of fiction, but when she enrolls at Oxford University, long-lost items from her past begin mysteriously appearing in her room. These clues, written in her eccentric father’s handwriting, lead her on a literary scavenger hunt that can only be solved by using clues from the writings of the Bronte sisters.
April 2016 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Bronte, author of “Jane Eyre.” This classic Victorian tale has inspired many an adaptation and, while it is often remembered for the romance between Jane and the brooding Mr. Rochester, it is also a story of a complex, independent female protagonist who always relies on herself to get back up on her feet.
If you enjoyed the classic, there are a number of adaptations for every taste. “Reader, I Married Him” by Tracy Chevalier is a collection of short stories inspired by “Jane Eyre.” “The Eyre Affair” by Jasper Fforde is a science fiction, time-traveling literary adventure; and “Jane Steele” by Lyndsay Faye is a Gothic retelling, which could be described as mash-up between “Jane Eyre” and “Dexter,” a series on a vigilante serial killer.
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Summer reading is here! Sign up at any CCPL branch location on online. The last day to turn in completed reading logs for prizes is Aug. 13. For more information, title availability and reading recommendations, visit www. cecil.ebranch.info, find the Cecil County Public Library on Facebook, call 410996-5600 or stop by any branch.