They were beloved sisters and the best of friends, but Jane and Cassandra Austen suffered the same fate as many of the women of their era, spending their lives dependent—both financially and emotionally—on relatives. Together they traded secrets, challenged each other's opinions, and witnessed the domestic dramas that Jane would later evoke in her popular novels, as each sister suffered through painful romantic disappointments. Upon Jane's death, Cassandra burned her personal letters, but here House of Lords peer Jill Pitkeathley fills in the gaps to imagine the unique and intimate relationship between two extraordinary siblings.
"Cassandra and Jane transports the reader into Jane Austen's world.... I loved every word of it."—Ruth Rendell