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Mary B

(2018)
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"Ingenious . . . Mary B is a tribute not just to [Jane] Austen but to defiant women of any era." - USA Today

The overlooked middle sister in Prideand Prejudice casts off her prim exterior and takes center stage in this fresh retelling of the classic novel.


NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE

What is to be done with Mary Bennet? She possesses neither the beauty of her eldest sister, Jane, nor the high-spirited wit of second-born Lizzy. Even compared to her frivolous younger siblings, Kitty and Lydia, Mary knows she is lacking in the ways that matter for single, not-so-well-to-do women in nineteenth-century England who must secure their futures through the finding of a husband. As her sisters wed, one by one, Mary pictures herself growing old, a spinster with no estate to run or children to mind, dependent on the charity of others. At least she has the silent rebellion and secret pleasures of reading and writing to keep her company.

But even her fictional creations are no match for the scandal, tragedy, and romance that eventually visit Mary's own life. In Mary B, readers are transported beyond the center of the ballroom to discover that wallflowers are sometimes the most intriguing guests at the party. Beneath Mary's plain appearance and bookish demeanor simmers an inner life brimming with passion, humor, and imagination - and a voice that demands to be heard.

Set before, during, and after the events of Pride and Prejudice, Katherine J. Chen's vividly original debut novel pays homage to a beloved classic while envisioning a life that is difficult to achieve in any era: that of a truly independent woman.

Praise for Mary B

"Charming and smart . . . a heedless downhill pleasure - plush, ironic and illuminating." - Newsday

"Watching [Mary] come into her own is a delight." - People

"A new, wholly original perspective on the classic . . . This is the ultimate Austen adaptation for our time." - Real Simple

"The best part about Mary's star turn is that it bears little relation to the fates of her sisters. She's a simmering, churning, smart woman determined to concoct an independent life." - The Washington Post

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"In giving Mary Bennet a resonant voice of her own, Chen has fashioned a luminous and enlightening novel that will entrance even, or especially, those who have not read Jane Austen’s masterpiece." - John Banville

"Perhaps not even a newly discovered Austen manuscript could exceed the delicious pleasure of Mary B. From an unswept corner of literature, Katherine J. Chen has conjured a heroine whose story is heartbreaking, hilarious, and, finally, thrilling." - Susan Choi

"Elegant, imaginative, and empathetic, Katherine J. Chen's novel reimagines Austen's universe with humor and heart." - Jennifer DuBois

"Mary B is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of one of Elizabeth Bennet's sisters. It is a retelling for our time--bold, provocative, and thrilling. Bravo!" - Gish Jen

"Katherine J. Chen has made alive Jane Austen's irresistible Bennet family by her interest in all that we do not know, rather than what we do. If each novel is an answer to preceding ones, Chen has brought us up to date in a spirited and inventive way, reminding us with wit and charm that things are never as simple as we think." - Susanna Moore


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Hardback Editions

July 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mary B: A Novel: An untold story of Pride and Prejudice
Author(s): Katherine J Chen
ISBN: 0-399-59221-0 / 978-0-399-59221-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

June 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mary B: A Novel
Author(s): Katherine J Chen
ISBN: 0-399-59222-9 / 978-0-399-59222-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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July 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mary B: A Novel: An untold story of Pride and Prejudice (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Katherine J Chen
ISBN: 0-525-63181-X / 978-0-525-63181-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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Audio Editions

July 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Mary B: A Novel: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice
Author(s): Katherine J Chen
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


July 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Mary B: A Novel: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice
Author(s): Katherine J Chen
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Mary B: A Novel: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice
Author(s): Katherine J Chen
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU