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Re Jane For Jane Re half Korean half American orphan Flushing Queens is the place she s been trying to escape from her whole life Sardonic yet vulnerable Jane toils unappreciated in her strict uncle s

  • Title: Re Jane
  • Author: PatriciaPark
  • ISBN: 9780525427407
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For Jane Re, half Korean, half American orphan, Flushing, Queens, is the place she s been trying to escape from her whole life Sardonic yet vulnerable, Jane toils, unappreciated, in her strict uncle s grocery store and politely observes the traditional principle of nunchi a combination of good manners, hierarchy, and obligation Desperate for a new life, she s thrilledFor Jane Re, half Korean, half American orphan, Flushing, Queens, is the place she s been trying to escape from her whole life Sardonic yet vulnerable, Jane toils, unappreciated, in her strict uncle s grocery store and politely observes the traditional principle of nunchi a combination of good manners, hierarchy, and obligation Desperate for a new life, she s thrilled to become the au pair for the Mazer Farleys, two Brooklyn English professors and their adopted Chinese daughter Inducted into the world of organic food co ops, and nineteenth century novels, Jane is the recipient of Beth Mazer s feminist lectures and Ed Farley s very male attention But when a family death interrupts Jane and Ed s blossoming affair, she flies off to Seoul, leaving New York far behind.Reconnecting with family, and struggling to learn the ways of modern day Korea, Jane begins to wonder if Ed Farley is really the man for her Jane returns to Queens, where she must find a balance between two cultures and accept who she really is.

    Re Jane by Patricia Park Re Jane pronounced Ee Jane is a misunderstood orphan who stays with her uncle and aunt and their tw That seems a contradictory thing, but, the worst parts of Re Jane, by Patricia Park The New York Times Jane Re may start her journey with ties to Jane Eyre, but she makes her own way in the world, and the result is a truly fresh, modern take on the coming of age novel RE JANE By Patricia Park Re Jane A Novel Patricia Re Jane is a bright, comic story of falling in love, finding strength, and living not just out of obligation to others, but for one s self Journeying from Queens to Brooklyn to Seoul, and back, this is a fresh, contemporary retelling of Jane Eyre and a poignant Korean American debut. Re Jane by Patricia Park PenguinRandomHouse About Re Jane Re Jane is snappy and memorable, with its clever narrator and insights on clashing cultures Entertainment Weekly For Jane Re, half Korean, half American orphan, Flushing, Queens, is the place she s been trying to escape from her whole life. Re Jane NPR Jane Re a half Korean, half American orphan takes a position as an au pair for two Brooklyn academics and their daughter, but a brief sojourn in Seoul, where she reconnects with family Re Jane A Novel Kindle edition by Patricia Park Re Jane is snappy and memorable, with its clever narrator and insights on clashing cultures Entertainment Weekly For Jane Re, half Korean, half American orphan, Flushing, Queens, is the place she s been trying to escape from her whole life. Summary and reviews of Re Jane by Patricia Park Jane returns to Queens, where she must find a balance between two cultures and accept who she really is Re Jane is a bright, comic story of falling in love, finding strength, and living not just out of obligation to others, but for one s self. Re Jane by Patricia Park Review BookPage Charlotte Bront makes her way to st century New York City by way of Korea in this latest spin on Jane Eyre from first time author Patricia Park The title character is Jane Re, a honhyol, a mixed blood, with a Korean mother and American father. Jane Jane bookpage bookpage

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    1. Angie on said:

      Originally reviewed here @ AngievilleI was pretty excited when I first heard about Re Jane. A contemporary Korean American retelling ofJane Eyre? Yes, please. It's one of my favorite classics, and one I've had success (and some failures) with the retelling thereof. Authors do love to tinker with this tale. I've read every kind of version, from scifi and fantasy to steampunk and contemporary, and I am nothing if not up for another go. So I went intoPatricia Park's debut novel with somewhat high h [...]

    2. Jenna on said:

      (WARNING: I've made a resolution to write more concise reviews. But this is NOT remotely one of them, because this book really got my goat and so I had to say all the things. You will be given another opportunity to exit this review in a few paragraphs, before it disintegrates into enraged ranting.)Before I proceed, can we first agree that liberally inserting variations on the phrase "Reader, I _____ed him" into contemporary writing is an ineffective (not to mention annoying) method of linking t [...]

    3. SKB on said:

      I wanted to like this book. I love Jane Eyre, and I was curious about a Korean-American, modern-day take. I was also skeptical of the transition of this book to present day. The culture difference seemed a good way to show the class differences and the difficulty of the union between Jane/Rochester. But when you move Jane Eyre to present day, you know what? It gets creepy.I think my main issue was that Jane Re had no misgivings about things becoming inappropriate between her and Ed until they we [...]

    4. David Yoon on said:

      At one point Jane, as an Asian au pair in a relationship with her white, married employer set up an unfortunate comparison in my mind. Edward Rochester should not invoke Woody Allen. And the madwoman upstairs? She’s an overzealous, vegan, feminist academic. The whole thing threatens to be a little too New York. And don’t call it a retelling of Jane Eyre. It’s got tons of little Eyre Easter Eggs that provide a gleeful spark of recognition. Currer Bell! Lowood! But in the end the story and c [...]

    5. Book Riot Community on said:

      A re-telling of Jane Eyre set in modern Queens with a Korean-American protagonist? I jumped all over this with undignified fervor. Jane is an orphan who lives with her super-strict Korean uncle and his family, working in his grocery store while trying to fit in despite being half white and essentially an outcast. In a fit of rebellion, she leaves to be a live-in nanny for a women’s studies professor and her husband, the latter with whom she falls quickly in love. Tragedy strikes (not the one y [...]

    6. Chaitra on said:

      If this was not a retelling of Jane Eyre, I would have liked it more. That seems a contradictory thing, but, the worst parts of the book came when trying to fit Re Jane into Jane Eyre. The better parts were the cultural confusion of a Half Korean orphan raised in America faces when she returns to South Korea. I wish this was another immigrant novel, even when they are dime-a-dozen these days.So. Re Jane (pronounced Ee Jane) is a misunderstood orphan who stays with her uncle and aunt and their tw [...]

    7. Michelle Hoover on said:

      I loved this book. It's inspiration was Jane Eyre, but it does such wonderful tricks with that premise. Jane is a smart, sassy Korean-American girl from Queens. Both parents dead, she's orphaned as an infant and raised by her uncle and aunt in a household where perfection is expected, favoritism for their biological children frightening, and outright expressions of love suspect. But the uncle is a heartbreaking figure, both infuriatingly cold to Jane but underneath still desperate to see her suc [...]

    8. Renae Pérez on said:

      I love the promise of this book: a retelling of Jane Eyre with a modern Korean-American woman cast in the titular role. Literary retellings are often hit-or-miss with me, but I loved the way Patricia Park spun this particular novel. But, unfortunately, I feel that like many retellings, Re Jane just could not compare to Brontë’s original novel. When I was able to forget the derivative nature of the book, I enjoyed it, but often, and especially during the first half, it was hard to forgetLID BO [...]

    9. Jolene on said:

      Jane has lived in Flushing, Queens her entire life. After she was orphaned as a baby, her grandfather sent her from South Korea to live with her Uncle in America. She was always told it was for her own good due to the fact that her father was an American G.I. During that time, many Koreans were still racist towards biracial people. Jane doesn't see how growing up in Korea could have been any worse then the life she has in Flushing. She felt the same prejudices in America. She was, if not shunned [...]

    10. Ameriie on said:

      I so enjoyed this, and could relate very much to the cultural dynamics; lots of truths here and the author doesn't sugarcoat observations of culture and class. I haven't read Jane Eyre (unless I did in school and have since forgotten all about it), and while I don't think it's necessary to appreciate the novel, I'm sure it would have added another layer to my enjoyment.

    11. Lisa on said:

      Re Jane is an absolute treat. A re-telling of Jane Eyre with a Korean-American Jane, set in Queens, this book is full of beautiful language, strongly drawn characters, an abundance of heart, and, of course, nunchi.

    12. Paloma on said:

      (1.5 stars) Oh man, I really wanted to like this book: not only am I half-Asian like the book’s protagonist, but I’m also a pretty big fan of Jane Eyre. Patricia Park does a wonderful job of portraying the awkward cultural space inhabited by many people of mixed race. Unfortunately, too many things in this book just didn’t work for me. (Including the writing the prose itself was riddled with cliches and awkward similes.)Missing fundamental parts of Jane Eyre’s personalityOne of the thing [...]

    13. Sarah Coleman on said:

      This contemporary spin on Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre' gets jolt of energy from being set in the Korean enclave of Flushing, Queens. It tells the story of Jane Re, who, as a 'honhyol' (mixed American-Korean) orphan, has always felt slightly at odds with her community. Jane lives with her aunt Hannah and uncle Sang, who, with his pidgin English tough love, is the book's best character. After losing a job with a prestigious bank, Jane is forced to work at uncle Sang's humorously named FOOD, a Ko [...]

    14. Mandy on said:

      Jane, a Korean-American orphan, grows up working in her Uncle Sang and Aunt Hanna’s grocery store in a Korean neighborhood of Queens where everyone knows her business and where expectations are stifling. Home life isn’t much better, where her aunt and uncle indulge their own children but expect more from the orphan Jane, who must quell her opinions and be grateful. Her place in the family is underscored nightly when Aunt Hanna dishes out the best portions of the fish to her husband and child [...]

    15. Bailey on said:

      I loved this book so, so much. Definitely one of the more vibrant, exciting, and bright reads - a perfect kick-off into summer reading.Really, this is more inspired by Jane Eyre than a retelling of it, though many elements are there. I think the comparison, if applied too heavily, will make expectations suffer. It is a really amazing book, though, and is a contemporary exploration of what the story of Jane Eyre might look like today.More than just that, it's an introspective on native New York c [...]

    16. Sheldon on said:

      I was assigned this book for a British literature class by a teacher who seemed interested in showcasing works from writers of color— as much as I like to read books by said authors, and as much as I appreciate that she shows diverse perspectives— they should not take priority over the original book itself, in this case the classic novel Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte.(view spoiler)[Patricia Park tries valiantly to connect the two books with subtle references. Some of these make sense, like [...]

    17. Kristin Strong on said:

      I love "Jane Eyre", so when I read that this book was a modern-day retelling of that classic tale, I was excited and anticipated reading it. Then I actually read it, and, wellJane Re is an orphan who lives with her uncle and his family in a large and close-knit Korean-American community in Flushing, Queens. She is half Korean and half American; her mother (so Jane has always heard) fell hard for an American GI who left her with infant Jane. Her uncle is rather a harsh taskmaster who owns a small [...]

    18. John on said:

      The story is supposedly related to Jane Eyre, with "Re Jane" being a pun, as in Jane Redux. I read that classic a long time ago, don't recall much of the plot, but feel the connection hangs largely on the modern Jane's position as a nanny for part of the story. Myself, I'd compare it a bit more with Cinderella. As the story opens, Jane Re (a variant on the Korean surname Rhee, I suppose) is working in her uncle's grocery in Flushing, Queens, having failed to land a job in finance after graduatin [...]

    19. Lisa on said:

      The danger in reviewing Patricia Park's book is that in listing her many accolades BS accomplishments, you'll miss out on the smart fun of her debut novel, RE JANE.She's not only a Fulbright scholar, but a first-time novelist who earned the author trifecta: The New York Times Sunday Book Review named RE JANE as Editor's ChoiceR's Fresh Air called RE JANE "a wickedly inventive updating of Jane Eyre," And O, Oprah's magazine!!, writes, "Reader, you'll love her."In RE JANE, Park has dared to re-mak [...]

    20. Akilah on said:

      Jane would never ever ever EVER EVER (view spoiler)[have sex with Rochester--excuse me, Ed--knowing that he is married. (hide spoiler)] NEVER EVER. That is fundamentally the core of the book and her character and having her do that means the author DOESN'T GET THE ORIGINAL since that is the WHOLE POINT OF THE STORY.If this weren't on my Kindle, I would've thrown the book across the room, I swear. Just NO NO NO NO NO NO NO.That would be like a Pride & Prejudice retelling where Darcy and Lizzi [...]

    21. Sharyn on said:

      What a great debut novel. I loved this book (I am a little prejudiced as I have an adopted Korean daughter). I loved the parts that take place in Korea, especially the scene where Emo takes Jane shopping and everything is wrapped, paid for and handed to them without Jane even trying anything on. One of my funniest memories of Korea. There were hints of Jane Eyre, Orphan, falling in love with an older man, being an au pair, Beth with her dusty office in the attic. But Park so got Jane, seeing ins [...]

    22. Rincey on said:

      This is being touted as a modern retelling of Jane Eyre and it IS, but it is a very loose retelling. I think that that changes made are for positive and you don't have to had read Jane Eyre to enjoy this. I liked the exploration of Jane as a mixed race girl growing up in Flushing and I think a lot of what is explored in this story is very true for many Asian immigrants & the next generation. However, I felt like parts of this book felt very disconnected and I felt like a lot of the minor cha [...]

    23. Megan on said:

      I loved this. Readers expecting a paint-by-numbers adaptation of Jane Eyre will be disappointed. Readers interested in a nuanced examination of identity, place, culture, and family will find much to be engaged by. Park did a great job bringing to life inter- and intra-cultural, ethnic, and racial dynamics, bringing in different perspectives despite the limitations of Jane's first-person POV. Also: (view spoiler)["Reader, I left him." This reader may have fist-pumped and cried, "Girl!" A+++++ (hi [...]

    24. Roberta Almeida on said:

      A re-telling of Jane Eyre set in Queens? Yes, please!Jane Re is an orphan, half Korean half white, who lives with her Korean uncle and his family in New York.The relationship with her family isn't the best and she's desperately trying to brake free from the stigma attached to not being completely Korean and find herself in the world.Being a Jane Eyre aficionado I loved that this book had so many ties to the original while being a whole new thing!

    25. Jaime on said:

      Best riff on Jane Eyre I've ever read (probably the third). It's not chick-lit and it's not lightweight fan fiction. This is real literature with its explorations of what it means to be a mixed-race Korean American in both the U.S. and in Korea. Jane comes of age as she comes to terms with her racial, cultural, family, and community identities.

    26. Heidi McElrath on said:

      This book does some wonderful and surprising things with its retelling of Jane Eyre, on of my favorite books. It's well-written and the characters are interesting, but I mostly enjoyed the way it commented on its source material as well as how especially feminism has changed how we experience the story.

    27. Nicole on said:

      This book was weird. I really liked some parts of it but it was very uneven. It's a retelling of Jane Eyre but with a Korean-American girl living in New York just before 9/11. I thought that the author really got the feeling of being mixed-race and moving back and forth between the two places that are a part of you really well and I appreciated that. I also really liked the respect that the author gave towards family, even if they insult you or criticize you the fact that they do it out of love [...]

    28. David Jay on said:

      Purists, beware! In this modern tale retelling of Bronte's classic, Jane not only has sex, but she knowingly commits adultery. To say the least, this is not your mother's "Jane Eyre."I had a few problems, none major, with this updated version of "Jane Eyre" but, for the most part, I found it very enjoyable. Jane Re is an orphan from Korea, living with her uncle and aunt in Flushing, Queens. She becomes an au pair for a couple in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, taking care of their adopted Chinese bor [...]

    29. Melody on said:

      Thanks to First Reads giveaway and Pamela Dorman Books for an ARC of this novel.This update of Jane Eyre is set in the early 2000s, but resonated with my experience as a twenty-something today. While it is an update of Jane Eyre, Park throws in plenty of her own twists and turns. And her Jane is just as present and interesting as Bronte's. I also particularly enjoyed Park's update of Adele, a Chinese girl, Devon, who has been adopted into a white family. The relationship between Jane and Devon [...]

    30. Teresa on said:

      The premise had so much potential. Contemporary re-telling/spin-off of the classic, Jane Eyre. Recently graduated from college, Jane (young Korean business major), is working at her uncle's grocery store and having a difficult time obtaining a job following her graduation when she applies for a nanny position in Brooklyn. Read 100 plus pages and decided it wasn't holding my interest. I really liked the idea of the heroine having a different nationality and cultural perspective and was disappoint [...]

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