A short story by Emma Donoghue from the collection Reader, I Married Him: Stories inspired by Jane Eyre.
‘Since First I Saw Your Face’ reimagines a relationship between two notable Victorian women.
Edited by Tracy Chevalier, the full collection, Reader, I Married Him, brings together some of the finest and most creative voices in fiction today, to celebrate and salute the strength and lasting relevance of Charlotte Brontë’s game-changing novel and its beloved narrator.
Praise for the full collection, READER, I MARRIED HIM:
‘Dazzling’ DAILY MAIL
‘The success of this book owes much to [Chevalier’s] enthusiasm … it’s quite amazing to see the quality of work on show’ EVENING STANDARD
‘A terrific set of stories by some of our leading novelists, each of whom engages with a chosen aspect of Jane Eyre’ THE NEW STATESMAN
‘A clever idea well-executed; a treat for fans of short fiction and for Brontë's many ardent fans’ KIRKUS REVIEWS
‘Exemplary…written by some of today's best female writers’ THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
‘These pieces create a beguiling picture of women and men and desire, in which everyone is searching, like Jane, for happiness and wondering whether marriage is really an answer. The book acts as a prism spreading all kinds of literary and historical refractions, and it’s a reminder that Charlotte Brontë, too, has many sides’ GLOBE AND MAIL
About the author
Born in Dublin in 1969, now based in Canada, Emma
Donoghue is an award-winning writer of novels both
contemporary and historical, short stories, literary history,
and drama for radio, stage and screen. She is best known
for Room (2010) and her film adaptation of the novel (2015).
Revisiting one of the favourites of her adolescence, Jane
Eyre, she wrote the introduction to the Folio Society’s new
edition, describing it as a book that “made the world take a
nobody seriously” – a goal that animates all Donoghue’s own
work. Her next novel, The Wonder, about an Irish girl who
seems to live without eating, comes out in September 2016.