4th August 2016

ELIGIBLE – Curtis Sittenfeld

This is the fourth in a series of reimaginings of Jane Austen's works by contemporary writers.  The others have been by Joanna Trollope, Val McDermid and Alexander McCall Smith.  Now Curtis Sittenfeld creates a Pride and Prejudice for the 21st century.

Savvy Liz Bennet is a magazine writer in New York.  When her father has a health scare she and older sister Jane, a yoga instructor, return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help, only to discover that their sprawling family home is crumbling, the family is in disarray and their mother has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane's 40th birthday is approaching.  Reality TV, Crossfit and Paleo obsessions – what would Jane have made of them all?  This is a slight but witty read with the sisters' personalities recreated in very much the Austen style in their total self-absorption.

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