May 2016 Indie Next List
“It is a universally acknowledged truth that a retelling of Pride and Prejudice must be cleverly written and wickedly funny. Sittenfeld has accomplished that and more with her fantastic new novel. The Bennet sisters have been transported to modern day Cincinnati. Jane is a yoga instructor; Liz, a writer for a women's magazine; Lydia and Kitty do nothing but work out; and Mary spends most of her time in her room. The two older sisters live in New York, but have come home to check on Mr. Bennet, who is recovering from a heart attack. The storyline is one that will be familiar to most Austen readers, but with some extremely funny twists.”
— Sharon Nagel (M), Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
From the wickedly entertaining ("USA Today") Curtis Sittenfeld, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Prep "and" American Wife, "comes a modern retelling of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." A 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.
Praise for Curtis Sittenfeld and "Eligible"
If there exists a more perfect pairing than Curtis Sittenfeld and Jane Austen, we dare you to find it. . . . Sittenfeld makes an already irresistible story even more beguiling and charming. "Elle"
Sittenfeld is an obvious choice to re-create Jane Austen's comedy of manners. She] is a master at dissecting social norms to reveal the truths of human nature underneath. " The Millions"
A delightful romp for not only Austen devotees but also lovers of romantic comedies and sly satire, as well . . . Bestselling Sittenfeld plus Jane Austen? What more could mainstream fiction readers ask for? "Booklist" (starred review)
Sittenfeld adeptly updates and channels Austen's narrative voice the book is full of smart observations on gender and money. . . . A clever retelling of an old-fashioned favorite. " Publishers Weekly"
Novelists get called master storytellers all the time, but Sittenfeld really is one. " The Washington Post"
Sittenfeld is popular but intellectual, accessible but mysterious and, above all a perspective chameleon with an uncanny ability to enter the minds of callow prep school outcasts and devotedly compromising first ladies alike. NPR's "All Things Considered"
Sittenfeld] is a master of dramatic irony, creating fully realized social worlds before laying waste to her heroines understanding of them. . . . Her prose is] a rich delight. " The Boston Globe"
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About the Author
Curtis Sittenfeld is the bestselling author of the novels "Prep, The Man of My Dreams, American Wife, "and" Sisterland, "which have been translated into twenty-five languages. Her nonfiction has been published widely, including in "The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time, "and" Glamour, "and broadcast on public radio s "This American Life." A native of Cincinnati, she currently lives with her family in St. Louis."