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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy; 1 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316196924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316196925
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pulling threads from the classic Wuthering Heights, Lindner (who previously took on Jane Eyre) crafts a story of mad love and moves the stage from the Yorkshire moors to New York’s punk scene. Seventeen-year-old Chelsea learns through a hidden letter that her mother did not die when she was three, but ran away to New York. Chelsea does the same to try to rediscover Catherine and see if she is still alive. Chelsea finds the legendary nightclub, the Underground, where Catherine grew up. Living there is the current owner, Hence, a once-talented musician shattered by Catherine’s marriage to Chelsea’s father. The story is told in alternating chapters by Chelsea and, through her journal, Catherine. Although the voices don’t sound terribly different, the dramatic events touched by love, loss, and longing have all the juicy elements readers will appreciate. While it’s best not to look too closely at some of the details (Chelsea’s father probably could have found her if he looked hard enough), this does have some of the sweep of the original and certainly—especially in Hence—captures the agony of love gone wrong. Grades 9-12. --Ilene Cooper

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* "Intricately written, this fast-paced story...will enthrall readers. Give this book to readers of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Simone Elkeles."—Library Media Connection (starred review)

"Lindner astutely allows her setting to be as important as it is in the original...[The rock club is] seedy, dangerous, and loud, but we don't want to leave."—The Boston Globe

"Dramatic events touched by love, loss, and longing have all the juicy elements readers will appreciate...[Catherine] captures the agony of love gone wrong."—Booklist

"The strands of mother's and daughter's stories come together during the suspenseful climax...Solid and well-told."—Kirkus Reviews

"[Lindner] capably streamlines the complex, gothic plot twists of the original as she depicts the passionate but ill-fated love."—Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

Hello, readers, and welcome to my profile. I am the author of three young adult novels, LOVE, LUCY (due out from Poppy in Fall 2014), CATHERINE (a retelling of WUTHERING HEIGHTS) and JANE (A retelling of JANE EYRE). JANE was published in the Czech and Slovak Republics. CATHERINE is due out in the Czech Republic.

I'm also a poet. A second poetry collection, THIS BED OUR BODIES SHAPED, was published in 2012 by Able Muse Press. My first collection, SKIN, received the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry. Texas Tech University Press has just released a new paperback edition of SKIN. My poems have also been featured in many anthologies and textbooks.

I'm a professor of English at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. The mother of two sons, I play acoustic guitar badly, see more rock concerts than I'd care to admit, travel whenever I can, cook Italian food, and lavish attention on my pets--two rescued mutts and two exciteable guinea pigs.

My website may be found at www.aprillindner.com. I'm blogging lately at www.aprillindnerwrites.blogspot.com. Come by and say hi!

Author's photo: Nick Belial

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Overall, Catherine is a very complex, well thought out retelling of Wuthering Heights.
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I like how the story is told from two different points of views, which really gives you a rounded view of how the whole story plays out.
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These books are classified for young adults but you can never be too old to enjoy these books!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diane B. Wilkes VINE VOICE on January 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
CATHERINE is a modernization of Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff is now Hence, a former rockstar turned nightclub owner, Catherine, his missing lost love, had been a poet and mother to a young girl, Chelsea.

When Chelsea discovers her father has been lying to her for years, she goes to NYC to search for her missing mother. Hence is not very nice to her, despite her deep resemblance to Catherine, whom he has been obsessed with forever, as Chelsea comes to learn.

Cooper (think Hareton from WH) works for Hence and admires him--but he is also attracted to Chelsea and helps her in her search to track down her mother. When Chelsea discovers her mother's old journal, she tracks down lead after lead in order to find the missing Catherine.

The story is told in alternating narratives--Chelsea's voice and Catherine's journal. Lindner has stayed fairly faithful to the characters of Heathcliff and Cooper, but Catherine herself is gentle and mature, not headstrong and hot-tempered. She makes for a very sympathetic co-protagonist, as does Chelsea, her determined daughter.

The plot has a voice, not a veto (as Reconstructionist Judaism utilizes the Torah)--and as the Bronte-savvy reader races toward the ending, he or she will discover a number of surprise elements.

This Bronte-savvy reader thoroughly enjoyed CATHERINE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on October 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
How could I not read this book when I love Wuthering Heights so much? With this modern day retelling, I was so excited to get my hands on this digital copy and see what it was all about.

And I was not disappointed. I like how the story is told from two different points of views, which really gives you a rounded view of how the whole story plays out. It really gives you a better sense of who the characters are and what they're like, because you get to see them in different types of light. And the characters were done amazingly well. They were so real, and I loved learning about them. I could empathize with them, root for them, dislike them, etc.

I would really recommend this book to anyone, even if they haven't read the original Wuthering Heights, or even if they may not have liked the original. This book can really be its own entity, with its own type of story. Five out of Five stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SmartGirlsRead on August 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Let me begin by saying that Wuthering Heights has never been one of my favorite books. I think it was always just too dark and a little messed up for me. Even in high school when we are all supposed to be so moody and deep it was too much for me. I always felt like there were some very strange relationships in the book, especially with Catherine and her brother Hindley. It could also be the persistent desire for revenge throughout the novel that grated on me. Whatever it was, I could never say I enjoyed reading it.

That said, I just finished reading Catherine by April Lindner, the author of Jane, another book I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed. Like Jane , Catherine is a modern retelling of a classic book, in this case Wuthering Heights . This novel is told through two perspectives, Catherine's and her daughter Chelsea's, separated by two decades. Honestly I did not expect to enjoy this book and had initially passed it by with no intention of reading it. I'm so glad that I changed my mind. While the themes remain consistent with the original, the updating of the situations make it a fun read. Catherine falls in love with Hence (Heathcliff) and her brother Quentin (Hindley) hates him and blames him for taking away his father's love. Catherine and Hence fight and split up. She later marries someone else and has a daughter. Chelsea (Cathy). Chelsea grows up believing her mother died, but sets out to find the truth. This leads her to Hence where she discovers her mother's diary and learns so much about Catherine as a young woman.

Reading a novel while knowing how it ends is an interesting experience. In this case, I found myself still hoping it would turn out differently. I kept wishing for the happy ending that was so elusive in my high school English class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcella on August 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Two years ago, I read Jane by April Lindner. Though I thought it was good, it wasn't my favorite book. So I thought I'd take a chance and read Catherine, a re-telling of Wuthering Heights. Catherine is set in modern times with music being a heavy influence and theme in the book. Music lovers will definitely like that aspect.
The story is told from two different points-of-view: Catherine, who is the main character of the book. She meets Hense, who she's immediately taken with. They form an unbreakable bond that has a rocky exterior. Chelsea is Catherine's daughter. You might think Hense is the dad, but you're wrong. Chelsea doesn't meet Hense until she goes looking for her mom who disappeared years before. Chelsea finds out her dad had been lying to her about past events, so she runs away to try to find her mom. During which she finds out her mom wasn't exactly who she thought she was.
If you're familiar with Wuthering Heights the characters will be a familiar to you. Even the setting will have a similar feeling. Although a nightclub is a lot different from the moors. I definitely liked this book a lot more than Jane. I thought the author did a great job capturing the ambiance of Wuthering Heights and giving it a modern twist. I love how the author let the story be told through Catherine as well as Chelsea. It helps the audience to see parallels between mother and daughter as well as their differences. I was thoroughly captivated while reading this story. I'm so glad I decided to give this book a try. If you like Wuthering Heights, you'll like this book. Even if you don't, you should give this book a try. I think you'll like it!
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