Austen Years one of LA Times's 10 Great Books That Got Lost in the Noise of 2020
Thursday, December 10, 2020
I was delighted to receive this lovely notice in the L.A. Times alongside books by Mieko Kawakami, Charlotte McConaghy, Kate Zambreno, Shirley Hazzard and others:
"In this memoir-essay hybrid, Cohen reads and rereads Jane Austen’s work and tells us not just what it all means but also what it does for us — how the author’s pin-sharp assessments and characters instruct us about the world. There isn’t an ounce of kitsch or flowery claptrap. Instead, Cohen overlays a personal account of grieving her father with the help of Austen’s fiction, emerging with one of the most emotionally astute understandings of the novelist’s work, period."
-- Hillary Kelly