Escaping Mr. Rochester


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$19.99  $18.59
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5.83 X 8.6 X 0.92 inches | 0.83 pounds

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About the Author

Named one of The Root's 100 Most Influential African-Americans of 2020, L.L. McKinney is a writer, a poet, and an active member of the kidlit community. She's an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, the co-founder of Juneteenth Book Fest, and the creator of the hashtags #PublishingPaidMe and #WhatWOCWritersHear. She's also a gamer girl and an adamant Hei Hei stan. She is the author of A Blade So Black, A Dream So Dark, and A Crown So Cursed.


"In the immersive world of McKinney's Thornfield Hall, Jane and Bertha are thoroughly vivid and compelling. A deeply satisfying companion and a highly accessible entry point for a contemporary audience [...] L. L. McKinney breathes new life into a well-worn tale, and the novel's originality shines brightly, yielding surprises for those familiar with Brontë's version or not." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Thrilling, compulsively readable novel." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A sinister gothic romance revamped." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A swoonworthy sapphic-tinged YA romance highlighting the beauty of women working together." -- School Library Journal

"Shared narration between Jane and Bertha separates this from its inspiration, allowing Bertha to be a richly developed character, and her growing romantic relationship with Jane provides a lovely ray of light in an otherwise (appropriately) dark story. McKinney successfully deploys Gothic tropes to make Thornfield Hall utterly menacing while maximizing the tension of its oppressive atmosphere." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"McKinney breathes new life into a much-loved tale." -- Bethany C. Morrow, bestselling author of A Song Below Water

"A beautifully written, daring take on a classic. I couldn't stop reading." -- Goldy Moldavsky, New York Times bestselling author

"A riveting and powerful read." -- Lillie Lainoff, author of One for All

"A Gothic gift of a book: eerie and romantic, bloody and blooming." -- Betsy Cornwell, New York Times bestselling author of Reader, I Murdered Him

"A winsomely crafted reimagining, full of secrets, intrigue, betrayal, and love." -- Amalie Howard, USA Today bestselling author of Queen Bee

"I raced through this clever and suspenseful retelling. It kept me guessing right up until the end!" -- Allyson Dahlin, author of Cake Eater

"A thrilling, slow-burn retelling...the alternating narrations of Jane Eyre and Bertha Mason drive this well-crafted, powerful read and infuses it with the yearning and tension of forbidden love. Filled with romance and suspense, this updated classic will be hard to put down." -- Krystal Marquis, New York Times best-selling author of The Daveports