"His youngest brother was retarded, a Mongoloid child with big ears, sticky affections, and a careless gravity so powerful the rest of the family fell into orbit around him"
"Sylvia and Daniel married ... [Jocelyn] brought a date, one in a series of boyfriends and lasting no longer than the others, but immortalised in the wedding pictures"
- The Jane Austen Book Club, by Karen Joy Fowler
I'm starting to like this book. Karen Fowler makes artful observations. She delicately juxtaposes Austen's clever, unpolluted plots with more contemporary experiences.