1840. Some years after the death of her famous sister Jane, Cassandra Austen returns to the home of her family's friends, the Fowles, to find and burn a treasure trove of letters written by her sister. A wonderfully original, emotionally complex novel that delves into an unsolved literary mystery: why Cassandra Austen burned so many her sister's letters before her own death. This novel poses an answer! A Sunday Times bestseller.