The Kilbourn Public Library Book Discussion Group is reading Longbourn by Jo Baker for May. In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants' hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.
Publishers Weekly says of Longbourn "a must-read for fans of Austen, this literary tribute also stands on its own as a captivating love story."
How would you compare and contrast the love stories between Sarah and James, and Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy?
What did you make of each chapter's introductory quote? Were there any that you were particularly drawn to? Why?
Lizzie Bennet is a much-loved heroine. Has Longbourn changed you view of her at all? Do you think she acts selfishly in relation to Sarah?
Did you enjoy reading the book? Why or Why not?
Let us know what you think!
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