Prudie, a prim, married high school French teacher in her mid-20s who faces her marriage crisis.
Prudie, encumbered with her inattentive husband Dean and a free-spirited, pot -smoking, aging- hippie mother, a product of the 1960s counterculture , finds herself desperately trying not to succumb to her feelings for her seductive student Trey.
Allegra, who tends to meet her lovers while engaging in death-defying activities, feels betrayed when she discovers her current partner, aspiring writer Corinne, has used Allegra's life as the basis for her short stories.
In The Book Club Deconstructed , a bonus feature on the DVD release of the film, screenwriter/director Robin Swicord explains how each of the six book club members is based on a character in one of Austen's novels.
Bernadette represents Mrs. Gardiner in Pride and Prejudice ,
Sylvia is patterned after Fanny Price in Mansfield Park ,
Jocelyn reflects the title character in Emma ,
Prudie is similar to Anne Elliot in Persuasion ,
Allegra is most like Marianne in Sense and Sensibility ,
Grigg represents all of Austen's misunderstood male characters in Nothanger Abbey.