Author: Curtis Sittenfeld
Publisher: Random House
Rating: 4.5 stars
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Blurb: From the “wickedly entertaining” (USA Today) Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author of Prep and American Wife, comes a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Equal parts homage to Jane Austen and bold literary experiment, Eligible is a brilliant, playful, and delicious saga for the twenty-first century.
This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.
Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.
Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . .
And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.
Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible both honors and updates Austen’s beloved tale. Tackling gender, class, courtship, and family, Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of the most dazzling authors writing today.
Review: What a hysterical, witty and up-to-date rendition of the famous comedy of manners staring the fabulously tawdry Bennet family. It’s a riot! Anyone who loves a funny and smart romance that’s a little over the top, here it is, presented in full, living color.
All of the nuances of the original are presented here. Jane and Liz are spinsters on the verge of being in the shelf, which in our time equals their late thirties. Mrs. Bennet is still the delightfully shrill hypochondriac we all love, pushing her daughters into matches with all the zeal of an auctioneer at the end of a long day, willing to take any bidder so as not to have any single daughters left. And what they do with Lydia…too funny! The author has not only reworked all of the characters from this famous tale; she’s brought them current with a tongue in cheek spontaneity that makes it fresh and fun while still honoring the spirit of the original.
I love Pride and Prejudice especially out of all Austen’s works, and this is the one related book that I’ve found not only palatable but fabulous. Read it!