Jane and Prudence

Jane and Prudence

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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The author of Excellent Women explores female friendship and the quiet yearnings of British middle-class life—a literary delight for fans of Jane Austen. Jane Cleveland and Prudence Bates were close friends at Oxford University, but now live very different lives. Forty-one-year-old Jane lives in the country, is married to a vicar, has a daughter she adores, and lives a very proper life in a very proper English parish. Prudence, a year shy of thirty, lives in London, has an office job, and is self-sufficient and fiercely independent—until Jane decides her friend should be married. Jane has the perfect husband in mind for her former pupil: a widower named Fabian Driver. But there are other women vying for Fabian's attention. And Pru is nursing her own highly inappropriate desire for her older, married, and seemingly oblivious employer, Dr. Grampian. What follows is a witty, delightful, trenchant story of manners, morals, family, and female bonding that redefines the social novel for a new generation.
Publisher: New York : Open Road Media, 2013
ISBN: 9781480411784
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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ser_library Dec 06, 2017

enjoyable for occasional wit and drollness, but I did snooze in the middle

I enjoyed reading this book as it is a typical Pym social commentary on post WWII life in small town England. Jane has one foot in the feminist camp and one in the tradition of vicar's wife and sometimes matchmaker. Prudence has the benefit of being on the cusp of 60's free love but is still not completely comfortable with being unmarried for the rest of her life, although she has models of this independent, modern spinsterhood in her social circle. Male characters are weak, for the most part, but they are foils for the characters of Jane and Prudence and I don't see this as a failing in Pym's usual brilliant writing.

Apr 01, 2015

I'm not quite sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book. Something more "classic" maybe and something more sarcastic or witty. Whatever it was, what I got was a sweet, gentle story of a middle aged vicars wife and her single friend. The social commentary is mellow and while a good story in a comforting way, it wasn't really my cup of tea.

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

Jane is married to the newly appointed vicar in an English village and her London friend Prudence falls for the town roué. Pym has a seemingly effortless ability to deliver witty observations in a delightful, deadpan style. Written in the 50's this novel is still fresh, funny, true to life and a balm for the modern soul.

jeanner222 Jan 31, 2013

Another fine offering in the vein of Excellent Women, Jane and Prudence is the story of two friends with very different lives. They met when Jane was Prudence’s tutor in college; Jane now wants to find a husband for Prudence.

Both women are smart, but they have vastly different experiences with the opposite sex. Jane is married to a clergyman and bored senseless; Prudence is single and has carried on a series of love affairs.

When Jane tries her hand at matchmaking, the village’s handsome widower becomes her target. Village life then becomes the primary focus of the novel (along with dating).



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