Austen Years

Austen Years

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In the period around the birth of her first child and the death of her father, Rachel Cohen turned to Jane Austen to make sense of her new reality. For Cohen, simultaneously grief-stricken and buoyed by the birth of her daughter, reading Austen became her refuge and her ballast. Beginning in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she raises her children and contemplates her father’s last letter, a moment paired with the grief of Sense and Sensibility and the social bonds of Pride and Prejudice. Later, moving and parenting her growing children, teaching, and her father’s legacy, all refracted through the lens of Mansfield Park and Emma.


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