This graphic-novel version of the story of two sisters who live at different ends of the intellectual and emotional spectrum is a success both in its claim to merely adapting Austen and in the visual and narrative apertures it gives new readers of her nineteenth-century prose. The story unfolds almost entirely in dialogue (whereas Austen�s original was carried largely by letters exchanged), and Liew�s artwork is fully colored in soft and luminescent period hues, and his figures have a nearly bobble-headed tininess that makes them a welcome fit in antique parlors. Butler�s introduction is wise, and the story�s vocabulary and syntax are gently updated to make for smooth reading by those unfamiliar with Austen. The genteel poverty, the romance, and the family affairs remain authentic and vivid, with a subtle glaze of humor in the characters� thought balloons and expressive faces. Grades 9-12. --Francisca Goldsmith
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About the Author
Nancy Butler is the award-winning author of 12 Signet Regencies and 3 novellas.
Winner of the 1998 Golden Leaf Award for Best First Novel and two Rita Awards.