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Anne of Manhattan: A Novel Book Review

I remember the first time I met Anne Shirley. I was a young girl not knowing that I was looking for a heroine. This spunky, dramatic, and orphaned redhead who just wanted to be loved struck a cord with me. Though decades have passed, she is still one of my favorite literary characters.

Author Brina Starler‘s new novel, Anne of Manhattan, transports Anne of Green Gables from Prince Edward Island in the late 19th century to New York City and the fictional town of Green Gables on the East End of Long Island. Anne Shirley is now a twenty something graduate student living with friends and balancing school and part time work. She is not looking for romance. But it comes to her in the form of Gilbert Blythe. Back in the day, Anne and Gilbert used to play the game of academic “top that”, in addition to the question of “will they or won’t they”.

This book is easily one of my favorite books of the year. It is the perfect blend of the original text and what it is to be a modern woman in 2021. I’ve read many modern reboots of classic novels. This is how it should be done every time. It would have been easy for the author to do a literal cut and paste, replacing a horse and buggy with a car. What she did so brilliantly was to transport the soul and the voice of Montgomery’s work into our time while still retaining the magic that continues to enchant readers generations after its initial publishing.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

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RIP Jonathan Crombie

Jonathan Crombie passed away today.

To the millions of readers who have read Anne Of Green Gables and watched the miniseries based on the books, Jonathan will always be remembered as Gilbert Blythe.

Gilbert starts out as Anne’s tormentor. He goads her and gets her in trouble. He will soon realize that he is in love with Anne, but Anne takes a little bit of time to¬† return Gilbert’s affections. For many young female bookworms Gilbert Blythe was our first literary crush.

My thoughts and prayers are with those who knew him best. RIP.

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