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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Future Jane: a Trio of upcoming Janeish books!

Earlier today, we took a look at some past retellings of Jane Austen's work, centering on Lady Susan. And while it may not be all that easy to find retellings of Lady S. (I found 4) or some of Austen's other works, it's a truth universally acknowledged that there are always more being published.

And me being me, I'm always on the lookout for them. This post features three such upcoming works, which I came across when browsing the Winter 2018 catalog from the fine folks at Macmillan.

Take a look below, tell me if any are on your to-get list, and DEFINITELY point me in the direction of any upcoming Austenesque works that I may not yet know about!
(Seriously. I came across something recently that's coming out soon (I think?!) and I can't for the life of me remember what it was. It's driving me insane!)

Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel
by Lisa Pliscou (Author), Jennifer Corace (Illustrator)
48 pages; Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Christy Ottaviano Books Henry Holt and Company
A picture book biography of the groundbreaking female novelist Jane Austen. Perfect for Women's History Month.

Born in the late 1700s, Jane Austen was a smart, creative girl in a house full of boys, all of whom could aspire to accomplish many things as adults while girls were raised primarily to become good wives. Jane didn’t have much opportunity to go to school but she read everything she could, including all the books in her father’s study. And before long, she began to write her own stories, filled with funny, clever, and inventive characters.

Today, Austen’s novels (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma . . .) are widely read by all ages. She is recognized as one of the most important and influential writers of all time.

The Beloved Wild
by Melissa Ostrom
320 pages; Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Feiwel and Friends
Pride and Prejudice meets Cold Mountain in this debut YA American epic/adventure.

Harriet Winter is the eldest daughter in a farming family in New Hampshire, 1807. Her neighbor is Daniel Long, who runs his family's farm on his own after the death of his parents. Harriet's mother sees Daniel as a good match, but Harriet isn't so sure she wants someone else to choose her path—in love and in life.

When her brother decides to strike out for the Genesee Valley in Western New York, Harriet decides to go with him—disguised as a boy. Their journey includes sickness, uninvited guests, and difficult emotional terrain as Harriet comes of age, realizes what she wants, and accepts who she's loved all along.

The Forgotten Book
by Mechthild GlÀser
368 pages; Expected publication: January 2nd 2018 by Feiwel & Friends
A Jane Austen-inspired YA tale about a sixteen-year-old girl who finds a magical book—and discovers that anything she writes inside it comes true.

Emma is used to things going her way. Her father is headmaster of her prestigious boarding school, her friends take her advice as gospel, and she's convinced that a relationship with her long-time crush is on the horizon.

As it turns out, Emma hasn't seen anything yet. When she finds an old book in an abandoned library, things really start going Emma's way: anything she writes in the book comes true.

But the power of the book is not without consequences, and Emma soon realizes that she isn't the only one who knows about it. Someone is determined to take it from her—and they'll stop at nothing to succeed.

A new boy in school—the arrogant, aloof, and irritatingly handsome Darcy de Winter—becomes Emma's unlikely ally as secrets are revealed and danger creeps ever closer.

Those covers, you guys! And though I certainly didn't plan it this way, maybe some subconcious part of me knew that this was going up on Wednesday, and would thus become a throwback to "Waiting on Wednesdays," that old-school blogger meme where we gushed about books we couldn't wait to get our hands on. . .

What about you? What are YOU breathlessly waiting on this Wednesday?

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  1. Sadly, I don't seem to stay on top of future releases and can barely notice present ones. I read a previous one about young Jane Austen that Lisa did that was good so I'm definitely interested in this second one. But, The Beloved Wild definitely has possibilities for me. I enjoyed the premise and yes, covers are all enticing.

  2. Thank you for sharing future releases with us, Misty. I really appreciate your hard work.

  3. Thank you for sharing these. Your research is appreciated.

  4. Emma is used to things going her way. Her father is headmaster of her prestigious boarding school, her friends take her advice as gospel, and she's convinced that a relationship with her long-time crush is on the horizon.


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