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Bookable Space with Carolyn Korsmeyer

Season 1, Ep. 46

Love being read to? In this episode of Bookable Space, joined by host Yvonne Battle-Felton, Carolyn Korsmeyer reads Charlotte's Story.


About the author: A longtime admiration for Jane Austen led Carolyn Korsmeyer to write Charlotte’s Story. Her second novel, Little Follies, will be published in January, 2023. She is also the author of numerous philosophical works, including Things: In Touch with the Past, Savoring Disgust: The Foul and the Fair in Aesthetics, and Making Sense of Taste: Food and Philosophy.


About the book: Charlotte Lucas, a character first appearing in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, has made an unfortunate marriage to the loquacious William Collins, reckoning that his tedious conversation is a small price to pay for the prosperous home and family she desires. However, trouble brews within the first months of marriage, for they are not nearly as good a match as she had hoped.

To ease the strain of their relationship, Charlotte leaves her husband to visit the fashionable city of Bath with several women companions. The weeks there prove to be a time for self-discovery and freedom, and the marital frost begins to thaw. However, events in Bath result in an unfortunate, even calamitous, consequence.

Charlotte devises an audacious solution that combines bold connivance and compassionate duplicity, pursuing her hope of happiness with the wit and courage to seek it.



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