Novels about novelists
Three new or upcoming books make beloved authors into fictional characters.
Bedlam: The Further Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte (Overlook) by Laura Joh Rowland is the second of a series of thriller-romances featuring the author of Jane Eyre; this time a mystery takes Charlotte into history's most notorious mental asylum.
Dearest Cousin Jane: A Jane Austen Novel (Harper) by Jill Pitkeathley is a fictional account of the friendship between Austen and her cousin (and one of her literary inspirations), the scandalous beauty Countess Eliza de Feuillide.
The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam) by Kelly O'Connor McNees imagines a great secret romance for the 22-year-old future author of Little Women, designed to satisfy fans of the relationship in that book between Jo March and Teddy "Laurie" Laurence.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor