Part memoir, part literary analysis. The author uses Jane Austen's novels to illuminate certain periods of his life as a young man. His emphasis is on the lessons each novel conveys. It is interesting to examine her novels this way as indeed Austen likely intended them to be read. As a lover of her books, it is easy to get caught up in the stories and wonderful characters and forget that Austen was also endeavoring making a particular point within each of her novels.
Bottom line: a quick interesting read thats a bit trite but if you love Austen you'll likeley enjoy this book. After all, Deresiewicz is a fan and what Austen lover would dislike reading such an unabashedly admiring work.