Eligible

Eligible

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible both honors and updates Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice . Tackling gender, class, courtship, and family, Curtis Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of the most dazzling authors writing today.

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.

Praise for  Eligible

"Even the most ardent Austenite will soon find herself seduced." -- O: The Oprah Magazine

"Blissful . . . Sittenfeld modernizes the classic in such a stylish, witty way you'd guess even Jane Austen would be pleased." -- People (book of the week)

"[A] sparkling, fresh contemporary retelling." -- Entertainment Weekly

"A clever, uproarious evolution of Austen's story." -- The Denver Post

"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 hugely entertaining and surprisingly unpredictable book, bursting with wit and charm." -- The Irish Times

"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)

"Endlessly amusing . . . Her take on Austen's iconic characters is skillful, her pacing excellent, and her dialog highly entertaining. . . . Austen fans will adore this new offering, a wonderful addition to the genre." -- Library Journal

"An unputdownable retelling of the beloved classic." -- PopSugar

"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

"The modernization of this classic story allows for a greater and more humorous range of incompetency and quirks. . . . Delight in this tale for its hilarious and endearing family drama." -- Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781400068326
1400068320
Characteristics: 492 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Austen, Jane 1775-1817.

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ehbooklover Jul 25, 2016

I'll be honest. I haven't read the original Pride & Prejudice so I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy this modern version. I decided to go ahead and read it since I knew the basic plot of the story and I had also had heard pretty positive feedback about it via coworkers and friends. I definit... Read More »


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tonia64
Oct 17, 2017

It's a fun book, and the characters were hilarious.The author offered too much detail in some sitions and got pretty graphic, which was a downer. Otherwise it was was a great book!

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RoseSuites
Sep 05, 2017

I only read the first 30 pages of this book but would not recommend it as the language and situations were inappropriate although common in today's world.

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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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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