Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

I’ve always been intrigued by Wide Sargasso Sea as a retelling – parallel telling? – of Jane Eyre, from the perspective of the mad wife hidden in the attic. After rereading Jane Eyre as an audiobook last fall, I finally picked up Sargasso Sea from the library. Man, oh man, is it ever good. It’s just a short little novel, so it’s not too hard to pick up and finish in a weekend like I did. I enjoyed it well enough from the start, but even if I hated the rest of the novel, the last twenty pages are unconditionally, heart-in-your-throat brilliant.

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