On Wednesday evening, The Atlantic's Twitter book club, 1book140, held a live Twitter Q&A session with Rebecca Mead, the New Yorker staff writer who published a multi-layered homage to George Eliot, My Life in Middlemarch, earlier this year. Mead talked about what first drew her to Middlemarch, Eliot’s “god-like” emotional sympathy, and how the book addresses—but ultimately sees redemptive value in—human disappointment. 

The full version of our conversation covered a broader range of topics, including Mead’s take on the real-life roots of Middlemarch, a discussion on favorite characters, and what it means to read Victorian novels in the digital age. Below are a few memorable exchanges from 1book140's conversation with Mead.

Read the full version of Rebecca Mead’s conversation with 1book140 in our archive on Storify

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