Book Review: The Meyersons of Meryton
By Mirta Ines Trupp
This variation on Pride and Prejudice revisits the Bennet family as they welcome new neighbors to Meryton. Rabbi Meyerson and his family are received at Longbourn on their arrival from London as Rabbi Meyerson is to serve the Hebrew congregation of Meryton. But other business calls the Rabbi away to Brighton, causing Mr. Bennet to follow, causing a possible delay in the much anticipated nuptials of the two eldest Bennet daughters.
The author does a remarkable job of bringing Jane Austen’s well-loved characters back to life in this continuation of the original story. Rabbi Meyerson and his family are an interesting addition to the society of Meryton, who are unfamiliar with their culture and traditions. The Meyersons are often in situations where they are called upon to explain themselves to their new neighbors, making this addition to the story line approachable to the reader who is also unfamiliar.
I was surprised by Elizabeth Bennet in this variation. The usually sharp-witted, confident, headstrong young woman is cast in a more vulnerable light in this story. On the eve of her marriage, she is shown as being overwhelmed at the prospect of taking her place in society as the lady of Pemberley and of being a wife, in general. This felt a little out of character for her and something that would more easily be expected from Jane, the more shy and modest of the two.
As a fan of Jane Austen’s work, as well as the Bronte sisters, I enjoyed this re-imagining and recommend it for fellow Austen fans.
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