The Thread Book Club: 'Re Jane'

'Re Jane' by Patricia Park
'Re Jane' by Patricia Park
Courtesy of Penguin

For June's edition of The Thread Book Club, we're bringing in a pre-eminent polar explorer to discuss an inventive new twist on an old classic.

This month's book is "Re Jane" by Patricia Park. Explorer Ann Bancroft will join us in the studio on June 25 as we talk to Park about her debut novel, which turns Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" on its head.

Park remakes Bronte's classic for the 21st century with her inspired retelling, centered on a young Korean-American girl trying to make her way in New York City. Jane Re, eager to move out of her family's home in Queens, takes an au pair gig with a well-to-do, progressive couple in Brooklyn.

Fans of Bronte's original can imagine where the story goes from there, but Park's book is a delight whether or not you've read the classic. Bronte is just a launching pad for Park — "Re Jane" takes off into entirely fresh and unexplored places.

Speaking of unexplored places, Bancroft knows a thing or two about those. She is the first known woman in history to cross the ice to both the North and South Poles.

Read "Re Jane" along with us and tune in on Thursday, June 25 as Park, Bancroft and MPR News' Kerri Miller discuss the book.

Share your questions for The Thread Book Club with @thethreadmpr and we'll ask them in the studio.

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