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     by Sittenfeld, Curtis


In this modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice, New York magazine editor Liz Bennet returns to Cincinnati with her sister Jane when their father falls ill. Upon arrival, Liz faces a crumbling home, her younger sisters' obsessions with dieting and CrossFit, a creepy cousin's unwanted attentions, and the infuriating, standoffish manners of a handsome neurosurgeon and his reality-star best friend. Stumble through Cincinnati with Liz as she comes to terms with her parents' flaws, supports Lydia's bold decisions, runs (literally) into Darcy, and faces reality TV alongside Bingley and Jane.  

All the bare bones of the classic Pride & Prejudice are here, seamlessly woven into a modern American setting with modern social dilemmas. The classic humor is apparent, as well as the recognizable personalities and characteristics of the beloved Bennet family. While the parallels to Austen's novel seem endless, Sittenfeld's tongue-in-cheek style makes Eligible stand separate and entirely on its own. Eligible is a romantic comedy reflecting the timelessness of Austen's most notable work.

Reviewed by lc, 05/16. Other reviews by lc.