A forbidden romance. A modern mystery. Wuthering Heights as you’ve never seen it before.Catherine is tired of struggling musicians befriending her just so they can get a gig at her Dad’s famous Manhattan club, The Underground. Then she meets mysterious Hence, an unbelievably passionate and talented musician on the brink of success. As their relationship grows, both are swept away in a fiery romance. But when their love is tested by a cruel whim of fate, will pride keep them apart?Chelsea has always believed that her mom died of a sudden illness, until she finds a letter her dad has kept from her for years—a letter from her mom, Catherine, who didn’t die: She disappeared. Driven by unanswered questions, Chelsea sets out to look for her—starting with the return address on the letter: The Underground.Told in two voices, twenty years apart, Catherine interweaves a timeless forbidden romance with a compelling modern mystery.
April Lindner is the author of two novels, Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights, and Jane, an update of Jane Eyre. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped.
She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs.
A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.
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June 19th – Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – Interview
June 20th – Romancing the Dark Side – Guest Post
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June 21st – Emily’s Crammed Bookshelf – Interview
June 21st – A Little Shelf of Heaven – Review
June 24th – Parajunkee – Guest Post
June 25th – The Book Belles – Interview
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I love modern retellings because you get to see the story through another author’s eyes. It’s just really interesting to see how they turn things written long ago, into something new and fresh and still keep the basic meaning to the story, if that makes sense.
Beth W says
I love when modern retellings keep the relevant story and characters, but condense it enough to be digestible to a modern audience. I think that’s a skill, and is harder than most people assume, but when it works it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.
There are just so many twists you can add with any re-telling. I think modern ones that stay true to the theme and intent of the original, while at the same time making in a completely unique reading experience are hard to find and so much fun to read.
I love modern retellings for several reasons, the first is that another generation can grab hold of at least the concepts of the classics. I also love them because it’s a chance to see another view of the story, of the characters, of the whole image. It’s like taking a 2-d image of something, adding another view and realizing you made it 3-d, so to speak.
I love to see a fresh take on an old tale. It proves the lasting nature of story.
Good luck to everyone.
Stephanie Rosch says
I love that they link history with new technology and events.
Michele Luker says
It’s interesting to see the different twists someone can come up with for a well know story..