Re Jane

Re Jane

Book - 2015
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Jane Re, a half-Korean, half-American orphan, takes a position as an au pair for two Brooklyn academics and their daughter. On a brief sojourn in Seoul, as she reconnects with her family, Jane begins to wonder if the man she loves is really the man for her, while she tries to find balance between her place in two distinct cultures.
Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, 2015.
ISBN: 9780525427407
0525427406
Characteristics: 342 pages ;,24 cm

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SFPL_danielay Sep 14, 2017

A reimagining of Jane Eyre set in the Korean community in Queens. Jane Re, half-Korean orphan lives with her uncle and due to the recession works in the family grocery store. She accepts a nanny position with an academic couple in gentrifying Brooklyn to get away from her nagging uncle and the disapproval of the community due to her mixed ancestry. Love, drama, and finding ones true self as well as Korean culture feature prominently in the story as it moves from Queens to Brooklyn to Korea and back. An enjoyable if sometimes uneven read.

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ctkvlk
Aug 11, 2017

Enjoyable read, especially the cultural aspect. I'm partial to Korea. However, I'm embarrassed to say, as an English major, that I missed many of the Jane Eyre references. It's time to reread JE.

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Soundreader
Feb 18, 2017

The first half of the book was entertaining and moved along swiftly. The second half I had to force myself to read. I like the twist on Jane Eyre in that this is a Korean woman from New York but I was bored from the middle to the end with her struggles to find herself and sort out of her relationships. In the beginning, Park does a great job of allowing the story to show us more about the two different lives of Jane Re and her Brooklyn employers but then her storytelling shifts and she begins to "tell" us rather than allow us to see how the character hurdles her own obstacles, which then became boring and predictable. Too bad.

debpak Apr 26, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book! Given I'm Korean I read the book out of curiosity since written by a Korean author. i laughed throughout the book as I can relate to everything about her family and community in America.

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brangwinn
Mar 13, 2016

I’m probably one of the few people who made a connection with Jane Eyre as I read the book. Yes, maybe it is a contemporary retelling of the tale, but it’s a story that stands on its on with no need for a connection to a literary classic. Growing up in Flushing New York, Jane Re reminds me of Cinderella as much as Jane Eyre. She’s half Korean, half American. When her Korean mother died, she is packed off to live with her uncle who lives in Flushing. She’s not particularly appreciated as a person, and spends much of her time helping in the store to the constant criticism of her aunt and uncle. She doesn’t fit in. After college and then losing her job in a Wall Street firm she is desperate to leave her Korean life behind and becomes a nanny to an adopted Chinese prodigy in Brooklyn who knows some of the frustration Jane does. Growing up with Anglo parents put her outside two different cultures. The death of her grandfather and an affair with the father of her charge sends Jane fleeing to Korea and family. She loves Korea, finds a great job and is engaged to a wealthy Korean boy, but she’s not happy and she returns to the US and discovers how to be true to herself. You go girl!

CoreneBee Dec 24, 2015

Author Patricia Park transports Jane Eyre from the moors of England to Flushing, Queens in her fascinating reimaging of a classic, Re Jane. Jane Re is a half-Korean, half-American orphan who is dependent on the grudging generosity of her uncle and his family. After failing to secure a plum job after graduation, Jane finds herself suffocating in her uncle’s grocery store while watching her friends begin their own adult lives away from Flushing. In desperation, she becomes a nanny to the Mazer-Farley family in Queens. By day, she takes care of their adopted Chinese daughter and is schooled in feminist theory by the intense Beth Mazer. By night, she spills her soul to the gruff and masculine Ed Farley. When a family crisis forces her to travel to Seoul, she must confront her family’s past and determine her own future.

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siammarino Aug 15, 2015

Jane is half Korean and struggling under her oppressive aunt and uncle who are raising her. When she takes a job as a nanny with a family of professors in Brooklyn, her life changes dramatically leading her to Seoul and back in search of her real self. Jane tells us how difficult it is being mixed race and without parents.

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