Do we really need another retelling of Pride and Prejudice
? If it is Curtis Sittenfeld
, then yes! I absolutely loved this version. Sittenfeld does a wonderful job of updating the classic story to incorporate modern changes including, cross fit, babies before marriage, and sex (oh my!).
Liz Bennett is a writer who lives in New York City with her sister Jane, a yoga instructor. They return home to the Cincinnati suburbs after their father's health scare. Mrs. Bennett, as insufferable as ever, is obsessed with her daughters finding good matches. The prime “eligible” bachelor is Chip Bingley, who participated on a Bachelor like television show.
Sittenfeld’s provides creative, updated versions of the characters. Fans of the original story will appreciate that she maintains all of the original character’s names and personalities. No one can top Austen’s original, but Sittenfeld provides a light, quick read with the wit we all love about Austen’s work.
If you enjoy Eligible
, I would highly recommend American Wife
, by Sittenfeld. Another retelling of sorts, a fictional account of the life of former first lady, Laura Bush.