Family Fortune

The Family Fortune

by Laurie Horowitz

I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is The Family Fortune by Laurie Horowitz. Well, I have found a group of people more exotic than tattoo obsessed Bangkok bar girls and more alien than actual space aliens, the very upper crust of Boston society. The book is a sort of riff on Jane Austen’s Persuasion, and we meet Jane Fortune, settling in to be a spinster at 38. Her shallow father delivers the most crushing insult I’ve read in ages “Your skin looks so dry, Jane.” Ouch. Anyway, The Family Fortune follows Jane as she finds herself — of course it involves doing honest work and getting up early — and decides maybe she isn’t ready to gather dust quite yet. Despite my not moving in the same circles as the Fortunes, family is family — love them hate them, can’t avoid them — wherever you live. The Family Fortune by Laurie Horowitz. I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is The Family Fortune by Laurie Horowitz. The super wealthy Boston Fortune family is in for a surprise — they’re broke. The sensible sister — Jane, literary and shy — leaves the family home for the first time at the age of 38, and runs right into her lost love Max. He wasn’t good enough for the family all those years ago, but fortunes have changed. The Family Fortune follows Jane as she begins to follow her heart and stand on her own feet. When you pattern your novel after Jane Austen’s Persuasion, you had better be a razor sharp social critic, and if you are funny and can drum up sympathy for the idle rich, even better. Who doesn’t want to spend the day shopping and the evening drinking champagne? I enjoyed watching Jane Fortune turn from a mouse into a woman to be reckoned with, even if I never did warm up to her snobbish family. The Family Fortune by Laurie Horowitz. I’m Kim Alexander on Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is The Family Fortune by Laurie Horowitz. This book was written as an exercise in transposing a novel of Jane Austen, and like most of Austen’s novels, the main character is a sensible, intelligent woman stuck in a family of — in this case — very rich nuts. They spend their days shopping, gossiping, and being waited on by poor Jane. When the family learns they are temporarily out of money, and have to rent out their Beacon Hill mansion for the season, it frankly did not break my heart. Jane, by far the only sympathetic character, travels between her sister’s farm in the green and rolling countryside, and her family’s other home in Martha’s Vineyard; she’s not exactly living on food stamps. In The Family Fortune, Jane does learn to rely on herself and while Jane Austen might not have been familiar with the culture of building one’s self esteem, Jane Fortune does just that. The Family Fortune by Laurie Horowitz. I’m Kim Alexander on Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


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