Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary by Mallory Ortberg  

“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.

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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?