Review: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

EligibleTitle: Eligible

Author: Curtis Sittenfeld

Pages: 512 Pages

Publisher: Random House

The 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.

The Review

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a booklover in possession of a good library must always be in want of another good book and that is exactly what you get when you pick up a copy of Eligible; Curtis Sittenfeld’s modern day take on the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice.

To begin with I wasn’t sure if it was my love for the original story that made me like Eligible. Was I enjoying so much because I could associate characters and events with those of Pride and Prejudice. Over the course of reading Eligible I realised that it mattered not one iota. I was just really enjoying Sittenfeld’s writing.

Sittenfeld explores family dynamics, modern day problems and the role of gender in modern society. Overall, Sittenfeld has managed to do what most would believe to be unachievable; she has made Pride and Prejudice her own.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld is available now.

For more information regarding Curtis Sittenfeld (@csittenfeld) please visit www.curtissittenfeld.com.

For more information regarding Random House (@PenguinRHUK) please visit www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk.

4 Stars

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