“What if the greatest characters in literary history all carried around smartphones and typed out messages to each other?…[A] highbrow yet subversive sensibility.”—NPR Morning Edition
Hilarious and occasionally inappropriate, Mallory Ortberg’s Texts from Jane Eyre is ingenious. An inventive, contemporary and appealing parody of classic literature, Ortberg has imagined a collection of whimsical text conversations that would hypothetically take place in the world of the most iconic literary figures from Daisy Buchanan to Jessica Wakefield.
As the co-creator of The Toast, Ortberg’s presentation is conversational, passive aggressive, smirky and intelligent. She has placed highbrow and pretentious characters in a casual setting where they have an opportunity to voice their opinions, feelings and harsh realities in modern day vernacular. If you are a classic lit lover, this is an ideal book to add to your shelf.
Jessica: The spark was still there for them. Cristian: Maybe it’s still there for us, too. Jessica: Just because the spark was still there for Kelly and Joey, doesn’t mean it’s going to be the same for us. Cristian: Maybe… but don’t you think it’s worth finding out? Jessica: How do we do that? Cristian: Well, there’s only one way I could think of… if that’s all right with you. Jessica: Do you mean…? Cristian: Can I? (9/6/11)