When the Going Gets Tough, Readers Go to Jane Austen

Jane Austen

By Joan Klingel Ray

Jane Austen is a novelist to whom readers frequently turn when the going gets tough. Recently, Rachel Cohen’s Austen Years: A Memoir in Five Novels provides her account of how five Austen novels- Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion-and memoirs about the author helped her during stressful periods of her life…