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Sanditon

Jane Austen's Last Novel Completed

by Jane Austen, Anonymous
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Reprint, ©1975, ISBN: 9780684843421
Trade Paperback, 316 pages
Price: $16.00

Sanditon—an eleven-chapter fragment left at Jane Austen's death completed with seamless artistry by "Another Lady", an Austen aficionado and novelist—is a delightful addition to Austen's beloved books about England's upper-crust world and the deception, snobbery, and unexpected romances that animate it. When Charlotte Heywood accepts an invitation to visit the newly fashionable seaside resort of Sanditon, she is introduced to a full range of polite society, from the reigning local dowager Lady Denham to her impoverished ward Clara, and from the handsome, feckless Sidney Parker to his amusing, if hypochondriacal, sisters. A heroine whose clear-sighted common sense is often at war with romance, Charlotte cannot help observing around her both folly and passion in many guises. But can the levelheaded Charlotte herself resist the attractions of the heart?

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