Do we have any Jane Eyre fans in the house? (I think I already know the answer to that question.) Well . . . happy day! Margot Livesey provides a modern take on the enduring classic in The Flight of Gemma Hardy. In her version, the isolated Orkney Islands stand in for the Yorkshire moors, and the story takes place during the 1950s and ’60s. The novel’s on sale tomorrow, but lucky for you—you can enter to win it today!
An interview with Livesey about her sweeping saga was the cover story for the February issue of BookPage. During the conversation, Livesey explained that she sees her novel as an homage to the 19th-century tale, and that writing it felt “like writing back to Charlotte Brontë.”
Read more in the interview, and keep reading here to learn how you can win this extraordinary novel.
TO ENTER: Comment on this post with the name of your favorite classic story. Bonus points if you let us know how you would change it for a modern re-telling.
CONTEST DETAILS: One winner will be chosen by random.org from among entries received by 5 pm CST on Friday, January 27. The winner will receive The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey.
ETA: Congratulations to our winner, Kat! Her all-time favorite classic is Anne of Green Gables, and in a contemporary version, “Anne would break a keyboard over Gilbert’s head. Her studies would take place over the computer and she would communicate with Diana through text messages rather than with a window shade.” Kat also notes that she “would have difficulty setting it in modern time. That is an important part of the story’s charm.”
Thank you to all who entered! Contest is now closed.