Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters (Hardcover)
Guh. What a terrible title for a thoroughly enjoyable book. Mallory Ortberg is one of the editors for the consistently indomitable website The Toast, and has become well-known in certain circles for her wit, sarcasm, and ability to break down tropes to their most essential elements. (e.g. In her article "Male Novelist Jokes" on The Toast, she writes: "Q: How many male novelists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? A: War is hell.") Ortberg is a force of nature, and you'd do yourself a huge favor to jump on her bandwagon as soon as possible. It's inevitable that we'll all be in love with her in the future, so why not pick this up and then start erecting a shrine in her honor now?— Amy
December 2014 Indie Next List
“If this book were liquor, I'd buy shots for the whole bar. If it were a YouTube video, I'd be walking around showing it to strangers on my phone. But it's a book, so I'm going to buy multiple copies and hand them out to everyone I know who loves to read. The combination of irreverent, modern text-speak and classic literary characters makes for one hilarious imaginary conversation after another. The exchange between the husband and wife from Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper had me snort-laughing! Every English major, every bookseller, every reader of any sort needs this book!”
— Mary Laura Philpott, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
Hilariously imagined text conversations--the passive aggressive, the clever, and the strange--from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O'Hara to Jessica Wakefield
Mallory Ortberg, the co-creator of the cult-favorite website The Toast, presents this whimsical collection of hysterical text conversations from your favorite literary characters. Everyone knows that if Scarlett O'Hara had an unlimited text-and-data plan, she'd constantly try to tempt Ashley away from Melanie with suggestive messages. If Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, his ardent missives would obviously be in all-caps. And Daisy Buchanan would not only text while driving, she'd text you to pick her up after she totaled her car. Based on the popular web-feature, Texts from Jane Eyre is a witty, irreverent mashup that brings the characters from your favorite books into the twenty-first century.
About the Author
Mallory Ortberg is the co-creator of The Toast, a general-interest website geared toward women. She has written for Gawker, New York Magazine, The Hairpin, and The Atlantic. She lives in the Bay Area.