Reading Guide Questions
Please be aware that this discussion guide may contain spoilers!
- What did you think of Jo Baker's stylistic choice to include multiple characters' perspectives in a single chapter? Do you think it enhanced the book?
- What were your thoughts on the beginning of Volume Three, which was dedicated entirely to James Smith?
- How would you compare and contrast the love stories between Sarah and James, and Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy?
- Longbourn provides an alternative angle to Pride and Prejudice. Can you think of a classic novel that you would like to see rewritten in another character's voice?
- What did you make of each chapter's introductory quote? Were there any that you were particularly drawn to? Why?
- Lizzie Bennet is a much-loved heroine. Has Longbourn changed your view of her at all? Do you think she acts selfishly in relation to Sarah?
- For those who have read Pride and Prejudice recently, do you know the significance in Pride and Prejudice of the whipping that Sarah witnesses in Longbourn?
- Longbourn is a book that stands alone as having its own story, characters and themeshow far has the author ensured her novel is not pastiche, that it is a novel with a separate identity?
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