Charles Dickens never revealed Miss Havisham’s backstory in Great Expectations, but Ronald Frame fills in the blanks with his illuminating prequel, Havisham. He spins his story slowly, tracing Catherine Havisham’s journey from a young, unassuming heiress to the unhinged spinster so familiar to fans of Dickens’ novel — tattered wedding dress, decrepit mansion, and all. Purists may balk, but Frame has brought a clean, modern sensibility to his rendering of the tale. What the novel lacks in ornate prose, it makes up for with a moody, intensely entrancing plot. B+
DICKENS' DAMES Author Ronald Frame imagines the origin story of the Great Expectations spinster in Havisham.
Genre: Fiction; Author: Ronald Frame; Status: In Season; Publisher: Picador USA
Posted November 20 2013 — 12:00 AM EST
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