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  • Hardcover: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books (25 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525950761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616880958
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.9 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,981,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurie Viera Rigler's best-selling novels CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT and RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT (both published by Plume in North America and by Bloomsbury in the UK) could have been considered semi-autobiographical had they not involved time travel and body switching. Her short story, INTOLERABLE STUPIDITY, in which Mr. Darcy brings charges against all the writers of Pride and Prejudice sequels, spin-offs and retellings, appears in the anthology JANE AUSTEN MADE ME DO IT (Ballantine). In addition to working on her next three novels, Laurie is the creator of the web series SEX AND THE AUSTEN GIRL, which is inspired by her Austen Addict novels. All 23 episodes can be found on her online home, janeaustenaddict.com.

CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT won a Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, and RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Mainstream Fiction. CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT was also nominated for The Jane Austen Centre's (Bath, England) Jane Austen Award for Best New Fiction.

Both Austen Addict novels have also been published in France by Bragelonne and in Italy by Sperling & Kupfer, and CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT has been published in the Netherlands (Archipel).

Prior to confessing a severe case of Austen addiction, Laurie teamed with Richard Roeper of Ebert & Roeper fame to write a humorous, gender-specific guide to movie rentals entitled HE RENTS, SHE RENTS: THE ULTIMATE FILM GUIDE TO THE BEST WOMEN'S FILMS AND GUY MOVIES for St.Martin's Press. She also coauthored POPPING THE QUESTION: REAL-LIFE STORIES OF MARRIAGE PROPOSALS, FROM THE ROMANTIC TO THE BIZARRE for Walker & Company.

Having spent several years writing her first novel and reading all those proclamations about how aspiring novelists were more likely to win the lottery than ever get published, Laurie is passionate about encouraging other writers. Prior to coming into her own as a novelist, she spent an exciting decade as a freelance book editor working with authors of fiction and nonfiction. She has also taught workshops in storytelling technique at Vroman's, Southern California's oldest and largest independent bookstore.

In addition to maintaining Jane Austen Addict, her online home, Laurie enjoys guest blogging on various book and culture sites, including PBS.org's Remotely Connected.

A longtime resident of the very same Echo Park / Silverlake neighborhood in Los Angeles in which RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT is set, Laurie now lives nearby in Pasadena, California, with her filmmaker husband.

"All this she must possess," added Darcy, "and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading." Well, if you must know, Laurie read the classics at the State University of New York at Buffalo and graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

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Delightful sequel ... romantically suspenseful (Publishers Weekly)

Rigler writes beautifully (austenblog.com) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A time-bending tale of manners, morals and the search for the perfect man by the author of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Ann on 24 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
Is there always another chance at happiness? Are we bound to our past, or do "we all have the power to create heaven on earth, right here, right now?" Important questions heroine Jane Mansfield must come to acknowledge and understand in Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, Laurie Viera Rigler's parallel story to her best selling novel, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.

This time around, it is Jane Mansfield a gentleman's daughter from 1813 who is transported into the body of twenty-first century Los Angelean Courtney Stone. Jane awakens with a headache, but it will take more than aromatic vinegar to solve her problems. Where is she? Her surroundings are wholly unfamiliar to the usual comforts of her parent's palatial Manor house in Somerset. Is she dreaming? She remembers a tumble off her horse Belle, but nothing after that point. She looks in the mirror and the face reflected back is not her own. How can this be? A young man named Wes arrives who calls her Courtney. Is he a servant? Who is Courtney? Ladies arrive for a visit concerned by her odd behavior. Why is she acting like a character in a Jane Austen novel?

Jane is indeed a stranger in a strange land. As her friends, or Courtney's friends Paula, Anna and Wes, help her navigate through the technology of cell phones, CD players, washing machines and other trappings of our modern life it becomes les taxing. She relishes her privacy and independence to do as she chooses, indulging in reading the four new (to her) novels by Jane Austen that she discovers on Courtney's bookshelf - one passion/addiction that she shares in common with her over the centuries. Between Jane Austen's keen insights and the fortune teller called "the lady", she might be able to make sense of this nonsensical world she has been thrown into.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MARIA GRAZIA on 29 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
"Today's women are no less desirous of love, and marrying for love, than they were in your time. But they, like so many women before them, simply fear it is an unattainable goal. And thus they settle for what fleeting plasures they can find, creating an endless cycle of pleasure, despair, ad infinitum. Human nature is the same today as it was in your time. The only difference between today's world and your world is that people have more choices now than they did then." ( RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT, p.265)
This is my first Austen-based book, never read one before, only the original novels by Jane. So I'm not an expert of the genre. RUDE AWAKENINGS is the sequel of Laurie's first novel, CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT, which I didn' t read. What was this first experience like? Great pure amusement which reminded me the same kind of hilarious reaction I had after skeptically approaching LOST IN AUSTEN when the DVD got to me last September (or was it October?). I mean, I studied Jane Austen's novels at university after reading some of them (only P & P and S & S) in my adolescence and that brought me to read them ( and every other novel ) professionally, because of my job (teaching literature). This is why I was rather skeptical toward Austen based fiction or adaptations. So, in order to read this novel for the challenge, I had to go back to the time I use to read just for fun day and night and leave apart the "professional tools". Anyway, I was truly involved in the narration of the story, since Laurie knows Austen quite well and it is a pleasure to recognize that background while smiling at the entertaining series of misunderstandings, blunders, weird situations her time - travelling protagonist, JANE MANSFIELD, finds herself involved in .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna Lowenstein on 18 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
The idea is fascinating: a woman from Jane Austen's time wakes up in 2009. How would modern life look to her? Would she be able to adjust? Laurie Viera Rigler's exploration of these themes is enjoyable, but at the same time a little disappointing. If you're going to write a pastiche of Jane Austen at least make it a good pastiche. This wasn't. When the heroine, Jane Mansfield, wakes up in the 21st century and finds a digital clock blinking at her, she thinks "What is this wondrous thing?" Wondrous? That doesn't sound like a word you'd find in a Jane Austen novel, and three minutes with an online concordance are enough to show that it isn't. Evidently the author chose it because it sounded vaguely archaic, without any awareness that it does not catch the flavour of Jane Austen's speech.
She also slips up on historical detail. That "wondrous" digital clock wakes her with a piercing sound like a ship's horn - but surely ships' horns weren't invented until the age of steam. This may sound like nit-picking, but to me these are not minor slips, but glaring proof that the author has little understanding or genuine feeling for the period she claims to love
Having said this, I think she does a good job of showing modern life through the eyes of a young woman from 1813. Jane learns to use a DVD player, a computer, a phone, and begins to relax her rigid standards on matters of dress, class, and behaviour.
It took me some time to realise that this book was the second of two, and that I should have started with "Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict". However, that didn't matter - the story stands well enough by itself. While I found the style disappointing, the idea in itself was intriguing enough to make me want to read the first book as well.
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