Find out what possessed Patricia Park to make her debut novel, Re Jane, an audacious retake of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, featuring a half-white orphaned Korean heroine, and why O, the Oprah Magazine, NPR and NY Times Book Review have all singled it out for praise and awards. Filmmaker Maria Maggenti, director of The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls In Love, will spark what promises to be an intriguing and delicious conversation between two mavericks on Wednesday, April 27th at 7 p.m. Enjoy discussion with a signing to follow.
The novel follows the life of Jane Re—sent to live with her uncle in Flushing, Queens. Desperate for a new life, she’s thrilled to become the au pair for two Brooklyn English professors and their adopted Chinese daughter and be inducted into the world of organic food co-ops and nineteenth–century novels. But when a family death interrupts Jane’s new life, she flies off to Seoul, leaving New York far behind. Re Jane is a tale from Queens to Brooklyn to the Gangnam district of Seoul and back, as Jane searches for “the motherland” and challenges what it means to belong.
“Mixing new-fangled Jell-O shots, hipsterisms, and spicy fish stew with old-fashioned romance… with such energy, color, and emotional insight! Reader, you’ll love it.” —DANIEL MENAKER, author of My Mistake
Patricia Park is the author of the debut novel Re Jane, named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and American Library Association’s Best Books of 2015. Born and raised in Queens, she was a Fulbright scholar to South Korea and an Emerging Writers fellow with The Center for Fiction. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, the Guardian, Daily Beast, Slice Magazine, and others. Her media appearances include MSNBC “Book Report,” NPR “Here and Now,” WNYC “Brian Lehrer,” and CBS Radio.
Maria Maggenti is an independent film director and screenwriter for film and television. She wrote and directedThe Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (1995) and her film Puccini for Beginners was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. She’s sold five pilots and is currently in development for three more projects. She was an activist with ACT UP for many years.