Advance praise for “Young Jane Austen” from Beth Kephart

“Like the very best of books, Young Jane Austen exists well beyond labels. It is an empathetic biography and an empathic search, a reflection on a singular person and an engaging, universal treatise on creative fervor. At the heart of it all lives an against-the-odds heroine who helped launch that strange, imperfect, necessary creature we now call the novel.” —Beth Kephart, author of Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir and Going Over