Saturday, January 28, 2012

Saved by Jane Eyre

When Margot Livesey was 9 years old, growing up motherless and lonely in Scotland, a book on her father’s shelf caught her eye: Jane Eyre. Livesey’s discovery of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece was transformative. The promised friend between the covers, a character whose indomitable spirit has consoled and inspired readers for over a century and a half, allowed ­Livesey to understand that “life is change.” “Like Jane’s, my life had changed for the worse,” Livesey wrote in an essay a few years ago, “and like hers, it could also change for the better. Time would, irrevocably, carry me to a new place.”

Read more in the New York Times.

Margot Livesey reads at the Albany Public Library on Tuesday, March 20.

Cosponsored by the Friends of the Albany Public Library.