… that Pride & Prejudice is a book that has stood the test of time. Curtis Sittenfeld has brought it bang up to date with tales of silicon valley, yoga, fitbits, publishing and healthcare issues. Funny, amusing and at times cringeworthy, whilst it’s based on the original P&P, it won’t be a book that appeals to the P&P purist.
I loved it – one of my most favourite books (Pride & Prejudice) brought up to date by one of my most favourite authors. What’s not to love?
The characterisation stays true to the original. LIzzy is fun but as hot headed and prejudiced as her Darcy; Jane and Bingley’s attraction is warm but not excessive. Kitty and Lydia are as vacuous as in the original and Mrs Bennett is as irritating as ever. I liked the fact that Wyckham was now Jasper Wick and Ham Ryan! Lady Catherine is now an ardent feminist and Mr Collins is as repulsive as ever as Cousin Willie! My only disappointment was that Mrs Bennett’s stereotypes were not adequately countered or addressed (anti-semitic, anti-transgender and racist) but that doesn’t really detract from my love for this story.
Admittedly this book won’t be for everyone – the characterisation isn’t particularly deep – but I loved the retelling of the tale. Despite knowing what would happen, the reinterpretation did make me smile at each turn of events and even giggle on occasion.
I absolutely loved it and was thrilled to receive an advance copy.
Brilliant! But not for the P&P purist!
MetLineReader Rating 5 stars🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Metropolitan
About this book
From the bestselling author of Prep, American Wife and Sisterland comes this brilliant retelling of Austen’s classic set in modern day Cincinnati.
The Bennet sisters have been summoned from New York City.
Liz and Jane are good daughters. They’ve come home to suburban Cincinnati to get their mother to stop feeding their father steak as he recovers from heart surgery, to tidy up the crumbling Tudor-style family home, and to wrench their three sisters from their various states of arrested development.
Once they are under the same roof, old patterns return fast. Soon enough they are being berated for their single status, their only respite the early morning runs they escape on together. For two successful women in their late thirties, it really is too much to bear. That is, until the Lucas family’s BBQ throws them in the way of some eligible single men . . .
Chip Bingley is not only a charming doctor, he’s a reality TV star too. But Chip’s friend, haughty neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy, can barely stomach Cincinnati or its inhabitants. Jane is entranced by Chip; Liz, sceptical of Darcy. As Liz is consumed by her father’s mounting medical bills, her wayward sisters and Cousin Willie trying to stick his tongue down her throat, it isn’t only the local chilli that will leave a bad aftertaste.
But where there are hearts that beat and mothers that push, the mysterious course of love will resolve itself in the most entertaining and unlikely of ways. And from the hand of Curtis Sittenfeld, Pride & Prejudice is catapulted into our modern world singing out with hilarity and truth.
‘This year the book of the summer is going to be Eligible’ The Times
‘Sheer joy… Giddy and glam and a hearty update of Pride and Prejudice’ Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist
Eligible is published on 21st April by The Borough Press, an imprint of Harper Collins UK.
I received an advance review copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I loved it and have already pre-ordered my hardback edition!