Review: Charlie Lovett’s ‘First Impressions’

December 12, 2014 5:46 PM

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Charlie Lovett’s bestselling debut, The Bookman’s Tale, was an old-fashioned suspenseful romp spanning centuries and continents and peppered with romance, skulduggery, forgery and murder, all driven by one of the enduring questions of literary scholarship: Was Shakespeare truly the author of his own plays?

The second time around, Lovett has followed much the same formula. In First Impressions, his subject is Jane Austen, and as before, his story weaves together past and present, fact and fiction, in pursuit of a secret that threatens to turn the literary world upside down.

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