Jane Eyre’s Sisters – NLQ Book Review

Janeeyressistersby Suzanne Titkemeyer

Jane Eyre’s Sisters: How Women Live and Write the Heroine’s Story by Jody Gentian Bower

I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what this book was going to be about beyond how women write about the lives of other women from classic literature. If the focus had been only on the lives of women writers and the influence of society on their writings from the time of Jane Austen I would have been well satisfied. But this book was far richer in scope, opening up to me critical thinking about women, our roles in family, society and life.

There is just so much to relate to in this delightful book. In every chapter I found myself and the significant women in my life, what archetypes we were, how our lives had taken us on different journeys and psychological profiles of the interior lives of women. Understanding myself and those around me has always been a challenge but using the words written by Jody Gentian Bower it has become much easier.

Beautifully written, the book draws not only on the narratives written by Jane Austen and others, it also manages to interweave the themes from mythology, fairy tales, other types of female writing beyond the classics and some popular culture mixed with Jungian psychology and how they relate to all women.

A must read for anyone considering writing about the lives of women and women’s issues. Plus for those of us in the recovery community this book would be a helpful tool in recognizing what has happened to us and how we can overcome our past difficulties to become the truest version of ourselves. If you are struggling with yourself, with your place in this world or in your relationships with other women I would say this book is an invaluable tool.  My own disappointment in the book is that when I got to the end I wanted to keep on reading and not finish.

But the big message that I took away from this book is that we are all heroines in our own ways. Powerful and empowering.

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Suzanne Titkemeyer is the admin of NLQ and also the wife of a man who had sense enough to recognize their church as a cult before dragging her out. She is a crazy old cat lady keeps busy with her grown children, her rescue animals, foster care animals and her love of all things art. Contrary to Fundy-Belief she’s usually smiling, laughing or smirking while swilling diet coke and dispensing sarcasm.

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