Finally, Siân B. Griffiths Jane Eyre retelling, Borrowed Horses has been published. A first version (or draft) of the novel was presented as dissertation at the Graduate Faculty of The University of Georgia in 2006. In those days the author presented her novel like this:
In this novel, I retell part of the story of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, Jane Eyre, to explore how women negotiate gender, identity, and power in contemporary times. The characters of Jane Eyre and Rochester are blended and confused into a new icon for present day femininity: Joannie Edson, a radiographer who can see into the insides of people, imaging their bones, but who struggles to see more vital information about their thoughts, their feelings, their passions, and their madnesses.In her blog, the author gives more details about the final version, now published by New Rivers Press:
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Borrowed Horses retells the love story of Jane Eyre, inverting the genders and re-setting the story in Idaho with lots of horses and fence-jumping. (...)
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
This is a tough question because I had been taking notes on the book and letting ideas percolate for about ten years before I started writing the novel in earnest. I'll say though that I wrote the first draft in roughly a year and a half, and then re-drafted for the next six years--including rewriting the entire manuscript from page one. The novel that will be published is a far, far different book from the one I defended as a dissertation in 2006.
Borrowed Horsesby Siân B. Griffiths
Series: American Fiction
Paperback: 300 pages
New Rivers Press (October 29, 2013)