Susan: A Jane Austen Prequel
SUSAN is a brilliant imagining of what the lethal Lady Susan - aged 35 in Austen's masterpiece, might have been like when only sixteen.
Sixteen-year-old Susan Smithson – pretty but poor, clever but capricious – has just been expelled from a school for young ladies in London.
At the mansion of the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, she attracts a raffish young nobleman. But, at the first hint of scandal, her guardian dispatches her to her uncle Collins’ rectory in Kent, where her sensible cousin Alicia lives and “where nothing ever happens.”
Here Susan mischievously inspires the local squire to put on a play, with consequences no one could possibly have foreseen. What with the unexpected arrival of Frank Churchill, Alicia’s falling in love and a tumultuous elopement, rural Kent will surely never seem safe again…
BookLife Quarterfinalist. Gold medal in the Global Book Awards. First Prize in the Pencraft Book Awards. Finalist for the Wishing Shelf, Goethe Award, and Rone audiobook Award at In D'Tale magazine. Category #1 seller on Amazon.