Alice Sebold states that if she could "eat this book," she would. I found the concept of the book, the manner in which it was told (snapshots of characters' pasts that translated into explanations of their idiosynchratic behaviours), and the power of the relationships very real. I have not read Jane Austen's novels in over twelve years (although I have read them all), and I have also participated in group and scholarly debate about them all. The book, however, was less about Jane Austen, I thought, and more about perspective, understanding, prejudice, persuasion, pride, irony, acceptance, and tolerance. I am going to loan this book out to a number of my friends who I believe will appreciate it, even if not in the same way that I did.