“… the last man in the world I could ever be prevailed on to marry.”
When Elizabeth Bennet left Fitzwilliam Darcy with those words, she was a sheltered, naïve girl who had never felt the sting of real poverty. What if her circumstances were more precarious? Would she still express herself using those harsh words? What if she were a victim of a raging storm of worldwide economic hardship that touched virtually everyone? How would the consequences of that hardship affect the other beloved characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? If Elizabeth thought she was running out of options, what would happen then?
1932 is a twist on Jane Austen’s classic tale. Elizabeth Bennet has always led a pampered existence as the daughter of a university professor in the Midwest – until the safety of her world dissolves around her due to unforeseen adversity. Amidst the ensuing upheaval, what, and who, might she discover as she rebuilds a life for herself and her family in a sleepy, backwater town called Meryton?
About the Story:
The story behind 1932 had been floating in my mind for some time before I started writing it. The Great Depression in the US has always been interesting to me. I grew up hearing tales about those years from my grandmothers, and I was always impressed by the bravery and resourcefulness of people living in that time. I wondered how my favorite characters would respond to that level of economic and societal upheaval and how it would change the dynamics between them. So, during a particularly long bout of winter weather that kept me ensconced at home, I hammered out the first draft of what would become 1932. I hope it conveys my appreciation for the fortitude of those who endured the Depression, and my belief that love, all types of love, can conquer the toughest obstacles.