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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
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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: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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 and blog may be found at www.aprillindner.com. Come by and say hi!

Author's photo: Nick Belial

Customer Reviews

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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5 of 5 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Bookhounds VINE VOICE on March 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
MY THOUGHTS
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

Chelsea's mother disappears when she is three and all of these years, she has believed that her mother is dead so when she discovers a letter in her father's closet, it drives her to discover exactly what happened all those years ago. She soon learns that her mother, Catherine, was part of rock royalty and her grandfather gave starts to musical groups by featuring them at his club, The Underground. Her grandfather, now deceased, left the club to Catherine and her older brother, Quentin, who is now a survivalistic gun fanatic with paranoid leanings. As Chelsea learns more about her mother's family, she decides to go to New York and visit the club in hopes that she might find her mother. Since the story is told in Catherine's voice from twenty years prior through her diary and present day Chelsea, it becomes apparent that the family wasn't as perfect as she once thought.

At the club, she meets Coop, a young musician who takes pity on her and gives her as help as he can. Hence, the guy who now owns the club, was once the love of Catherine's life and a former rock prodigy of her father's. Chelsea has completely avoided her father when she ran away to New York and never really asks her father point blank the truth about her mother or do a basic google search on her. I adore Coop and the fact that he stands by Chelsea through out her search. Hence is a completely other subject, he deeply loves Catherine and understands why she left him, but has never gotten over it. His hurt over this is just devastating.

Chelsea's father always thinks he is doing his best to keep this part of her mother's life closed off to her, even though it is next to impossible to keep secrets like this from children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By June on February 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I'm so taken with the signature covers of this author's novels. I have the first one, Jane, on my Nook and I still have to get to it. When Little, Brown offered me the opportunity to read an advanced version of Catherine, I hurried to get it read. Linder's thing seems to be the re-telling of classic stories: Jane is a modern take on Jane Eyre and Catherine is a modern version of Wuthering Heights.

The story alternates between mother, Catherine and daughter, Chelsea. Even though there is a 20 year time difference in their stories, they are both teens as they're telling their tale. Initially I got a bit mixed up with which one was which. This is a minor problem, though. It did not impede me from enjoying the story. It's a mixture of romance and suspense. The characters in the story are so complex and interesting; there are no generic, cookie-cutter characters here! As one who likes to dabble in writing myself, I was fascinated with how the author arranged the story and plotted it. As a romance junkie, she fulfilled that desire by exploring the coming-of-age saga of first loves of both the mother and the daughter. I had to know if these romances were going to come to fruition and have a happy ending, but underscoring that, was the mystery of what happened to Catherine, Chelsea's mother. That's the running theme of the story throughout and it's a real page turner.

I thought of all sorts of possibilities. The ending shocked me. I came close to figuring it out, but I didn't quite make it. I don't want to say anything that will spoil the surprise, but for all of us who has had a mother...let's just say the ending stuck with me for a while after the last page was turned.

I understand the author is in the midst of writing another one-name book: Lucy, based on A Room with a View. I know I'll be checking it out and I have to make time to read her first book too! It's waiting for me....
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