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Tue., 3/6/12
Jane Eyre, Reincarnated

Jane Eyre, Reincarnated

Since Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, rolled off the press more than 150 years ago, no one has been able to keep their hands off of it. It’s been made into a musical, movies, reincarnated as a radio play, prequels and sequels have been penned. It’s an unwritten rule that every few years someone dusts off the classic to give it new meaning. Most recently, that person is writer Margot Livesey. Growing up without a mother, Livesey discovered Jane Eyre, and in it she found a dear friend. In her new book, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, Livesey recasts Jane Eyre in the 20th century. Set mostly in Scotland in the '50s and ’60s, the story follows Gemma Hardy, a girl burdened with bad luck, who comes of age just before the tide of feminism breaks.

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  Margot Livesey, writer
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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  Walter Mosley: writer

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