Catherine Reef’s newest biography has already received three starred reviews (Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus). In The Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, Catherine explores the turbulent lives of these literary siblings and the oppressive times in which they lived. The Brontë sisters are best known for their classic nineteenth-century novels Jane Eyre (Charlotte), Wuthering Heights (Emily), and Agnes Grey (Anne).
“This chronological account is three biographies rolled into one, reflecting the sisters’ intertwined lives. In a matter-of-fact yet conversational style, Reef anchors their stories in the historical context of industrial 19th-century England….Like the characters in their books, the Brontës were ahead of their time in resisting the constraints placed on women of their era. A comprehensive introduction to the authors behind some of the most-studied novels in English literature.” Publishers Weekly
“The wild freedom of the imagination and the heart, and the tragedy of lives ended just as success is within view--such a powerful story is that of the Brontë children … gracefully plotted, carefully researched account … includes brief, no-major-spoilers summaries of the sisters' novels, inviting readers to connect the dots and to understand how real-life experience was transformed into fiction. A solid and captivating look at these remarkable pioneers of modern fiction. “ Kirkus
“ … this stirring biography may move even middle-school readers to seek out the authors’ classic titles.” Booklist
The Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, Ages 10 – 16, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. (Publication October 2012)