Posted on December 31, 2018 at 10:30 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Revisiting a childhood favorite with the wisdom of adulthood can often yield fresh insights, for better or worse.

That’s the situation author Lisa Gabriele found herself in back in 2016, when she rewatched the film version of Rebecca.

She saw the movie first, reading the book in high school and finding herself bowled over by it. As an adult, she was bowled over yet again — but in a different way.

Where was the second Mrs. de Winter’s agency? Why we were still rooting for Maxim, a man who murdered his wife?

Gabriele rewrote the tale as The Winters, keeping some basic elements (an unnamed narrator) but switching a few others, which you can read about in the transcript of her NPR appearance.

(Or, as usual, you can listen below.)

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