What if the Elliot Family, of Persuasion, was facing financial ruin because of Black Tuesday?
What if Fanny Price, of Mansfield Park, found herself caught up in the modern values of post-war America?
What if the Dashwood Sisters, of Sense and Sensibility, were struggling to build their new life in Depression Era Ohio?
I’ve always found that a story idea begins with a question. So, when I was approached with the question, “What if Jane Austen was writing in 1930s America?” I couldn’t help but explore the idea. That question alone, however, was not what made me jump at the chance to be part of The Vintage Jane Austen Series. It was the chance for collaboration! Each of the five books in the series is authored by a different Austen fan who put her own spin on this new translation. I just thought it was such a unique idea. It took a lot longer than we originally planned (2 years), but the many live chats, encouraging messages, and creative suggestions we all shared has really made this project worth it. Over the next few weeks I will be having each author on here to talk about her spin on an Austen classic, but first, check out the lineup.
Emmeline (Emma) by Sarah Holman
The talk of stock market crashes and depression isn’t going to keep Emmeline Wellington down. Born to wealth and privilege, Emmeline wants nothing more than to help her new friend, Catarina, find a husband…Read More
Suit and Suitability (Sense and Sensibility) by Kelsey Bryant
Canton, Ohio, 1935. Ellen and Marion Dashiell’s world crumbles when their father is sent to prison. Forced to relocate to a small town, what is left of their family faces a new reality where survival overshadows dreams…Read More
Bellevere House (Mansfield Part) by Sarah Scheele
It’s March, 1937 . . .And Faye Powell couldn’t be happier. After moving to live with her uncle, a wealthy banker, she’s fallen into the swing of life with his exuberant children—including Ed…Read More
Perception (Persuasion) by Emily Ann Benedict
Upstate New York, 1930. Thirteen years ago, Abbey Evans was persuaded to break off her engagement to a penniless soldier headed to the front lines of the Great War. A daughter of one of America’s wealthiest families could never be allowed to marry so far beneath herself. But Black Tuesday changed everything…Read More
Presumption and Partiality (Pride and Prejudice) by Rebekah Jones
Now available in Kindle and coming soon in paperback! Visit The Vintage Jane Austen for more information and check back here weekly to hear from the writers and designers involved.