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Author: Patricia Park Narrator: Diana Bang Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9780698404083
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Re Jane is snappy and memorable, with its clever narrator and insights on clashing cultures.”—Entertainment Weekly

For Jane Re, half-Korean, half-American orphan, Flushing, Queens, is the place she’s been trying to escape from her whole life. Sardonic yet vulnerable, Jane toils, unappreciated, in her strict uncle’s grocery store and politely observes the traditional principle of nunchi (a combination of good manners, hierarchy, and obligation). Desperate for a new life, she’s thrilled to become the au pair for the Mazer-Farleys, two Brooklyn English professors and their adopted Chinese daughter. Inducted into the world of organic food co-ops and nineteenth–century novels, Jane is the recipient of Beth Mazer’s feminist lectures and Ed Farley’s very male attention. But when a family death interrupts Jane and Ed’s blossoming affair, she flies off to Seoul, leaving New York far behind.

Reconnecting with family, and struggling to learn the ways of modern-day Korea, Jane begins to wonder if Ed Farley is really the man for her. Jane returns to Queens, where she must find a balance between two cultures and accept who she really is. Re Jane is a bright, comic story of falling in love, finding strength, and living not just out of obligation to others, but for one’s self.

Journeying from Queens to Brooklyn to Seoul, and back, this is a fresh, contemporary retelling of Jane Eyre and a poignant Korean American debut.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Re Jane is snappy and memorable, with its clever narrator and insights on clashing cultures.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Like her Brontean namesake, Jane narrates her tale with honest and wit…Reader, you’ll love her.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Breezy, engaging…a truly fresh, modern take on the coming-of-age novel.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Park uses the classic novel Jane Eyre as a template to examine very modern concepts: questions of identity and love, culture and conscience, even the hardships of immigration. But you don’t really need familiarity with Charlotte Brontë’s most famous work to appreciate Re Jane; it’s entertaining all on its own, vibrant and witty and a hell of a lot of fun.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Park’s debut is a cheeky, clever homage to Jane Eyre with touching meditations on Korean American identity…Park’s clever one-liners and her riffs on cultural identity will resonate with any reader who’s ever felt out of place.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Park is a fine writer with an eye for the effects of class and ethnic identity, a sense of humor, and a compassionate view of human weakness.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Jane’s plucky, sarcastic interior monologue is delivered in bright tones by Diana Bang…We feel the ups and downs of being a multiracial orphan through Bang’s characterization of Jane. As people are indifferent, inconsiderate, and downright mean to Jane, Bang delivers insensitive lines of dialogue filled with the glee of the mean-spirited. She uses believable accents to convey the novel’s range of nationalities—from Brooklynites to Koreans living in America….The fast-paced story keeps one listening.”


  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2016 RUSA Reading List Winner for Women’s Fiction

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About the Author

Patricia Park was born and raised in New York City. She earned her BA in English from Swarthmore College and an MFA in Fiction from Boston University, where she studied with Ha Jin and Allegra Goodman. A former Fulbright Scholar and Emerging Writer Fellow at the Center for Fiction, she has published essays in the New York Times, Slice, and the Guardian. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Narrator

Diana Bang is a Canadian actress, writer, and producer. Before she became a professional actor, she studied psychology and geography at the University of British Columbia. She recently starred as Sook in her big-screen debut in The Interview. Her prior film and television credits include The Killing, a recurring role on Bates Motel, and a lead role in Rob Leickner’s indie feature Lost Lagoon, which won Best Canadian Feature at the Reel World Film Festival. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.