Eligible

Eligible

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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 Janes 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 From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Random House Publishing Group, 2016
ISBN: 0812997611 electronic bk
9780812997613 electronic bk
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC SITTENFELD
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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In this modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice, Darcy is a neurosurgeon, Lizzy is a writer, and Kitty and Lydia are CrossFit addicts. Sittenfeld's update nicely echoes both the original's biting social commentary and its happily ever after.

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In this modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice, Darcy is a neurosurgeon, Lizzy is a writer, and Kitty and Lydia are CrossFit addicts. Sittenfeld's update nicely echoes both the original's biting social commentary and its happily ever after.


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AL_JENNY Jul 17, 2017

A quick, lighthearted retelling of "Pride and Prejudice" set in contemporary Cincinnati. Lots of laughs!

VaughanPLAlyssia Feb 23, 2017

My first reaction to this book was an eyeroll (seriously, another Pride and Prejudice retelling?!) but some friends recommended it so I gave it a chance. And I’m glad I did! Eligible is such a fun read, and keeps you hooked even if you know the general plot points from the original. The modernization actually works really well; Sittenfeld made the right changes where needed to make the story work in the 21st century. Although the characters are much more unlikeable in this version (they can be mean and vicious where the originals were just kind of dumb and harmless), it doesn’t ruin the reading experience. And Elizabeth and Darcy are still a great couple!

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degilie
Feb 09, 2017

I am such a fan of the original Pride and Prejudice that I had a difficult time liking this book at all. It was sort of vapid and vulgar.

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emwirry
Feb 08, 2017

The most enjoyable book I have read in a long time! A smart and funny read, I absolutely loved it.

cmlibrary_lmansfield Nov 18, 2016

I had a hard time getting into this book (something about the very short chapters and large family), but ended up loving it. I became very invested in the characters and their story. Romantic and fun.

seagrace Oct 13, 2016

I admit trepidation when I first approached this modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Sittenfeld's style is witty and engaging, and she does a fine job of resetting the story in the 21st century with all its very un-18th century problems. She gives all the characters the foibles and flaws that Austen did making them familiar, endearing and frustrating all at the same time If you are an Austen purist, you may want to avoid this book - it will make you mad! But maybe not -- give it a try!

PinesandPrejudice Oct 10, 2016

You have to know going in that this is not your traditional "Pride and Prejudice". Sittenfeld really brings the Bennets into the modern world and not everything in the story is the same. The characters grew on me and I'm not gonna lie but this Darcy is one of my favorites to date. And, I thoroughly enjoyed the reality tv aspect of the whole thing.

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plfennell
Oct 10, 2016

I would not recommend this book. It was insipid and vulgar.

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patcarstensen
Sep 16, 2016

I enjoyed the book, but missed Austen's wicked sense of humor about class and manners. Where Austen is more like a series of masterful miniatures, this book is more like a garish light-sculpture.

AL_CATHERINE Aug 24, 2016

I'm usually dubious about any Jane Austen update, especially to P&P, but I was delighted by this modern take. It was great for a lighter summer read! Without too many spoilers, I'll just say I especially enjoyed Mrs. Bennet as a home shopping network hoarder and the direction Sittenfeld went with Lydia's story arc.

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SPL_Brittany May 21, 2016

Fourth book in the Austen Project, Curtis Sittenfeld brings us a modern retelling of Jane Austens’ Pride and Prejudice, and transports us both time and place to the United States in the 21st century. Liz Bennet is a magazine writer in New York, who, like her older Yoga instructor sister Jane, is in her late thirties. They are called home to Cincinnati when their father has a health scare and discover their childhood home crumbling and family in disarray. Liz and Jane decide to stay home to help take care of their father, while Mrs. Bennet is busy planning and organizing a social event for her Ladies group, and worrying about getting her daughters married. The youngest sisters are too busy to get jobs let alone help out at home. Kitty and Lydia are occupied with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets, while Mary is holed up in her room earning her third degree online.
At a Fourth of July barbeque hosted by the Lucases, the Bennet’s are introduced to Chip Bingley, a doctor who recently was on the reality dating show Eligible, and his friend Mr. Darcy - a neurosurgeon who also works at the same hospital. On first impressions, Chip and Jane take an immediate interest in each other, while Darcy reveals himself to be less than charming, to an eavesdropping Liz.
Fans of Jane Austen will enjoy Sittenfeld’s hilarious modern adaptation of a beloved classic, tackling gender, class, courtship and family. Readers will enjoy the authors’ leisurely pace and snarky banter between Liz and Darcy as well as a few plot surprises!

Shelf Life Review in the Stratford Gazette May 2016

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