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From the New York Times bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld comes a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, 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 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.

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  • “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

  • [A] sparkling, fresh contemporary retelling. Entertainment Weekly
     
    “[Sittenfeld] is the ideal modern-day reinterpreter. Her special skill lies not just in her clear, clean writing, but in her general amusement about the world, her arch, pithy, dropped-mike observations about behavior, character and motivation. She can spot hypocrisy, cant, self-contradiction and absurdity ten miles away. She’s the one you want to leave the party with, so she can explain what really happened. . . . Not since Clueless, which transported Emma to Beverly Hills, has Austen been so delightedly interpreted. . . . Sittenfeld writes so well—her sentences are so good and her story so satisfying. . . . As a reader, let me just say: Three cheers for Curtis Sittenfeld and her astute, sharp and ebullient anthropological interest in the human condition.
  • Bold and brilliant. Glamour
  • 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
  • A playful, wickedly smart retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. BuzzFeed
  • 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.
  • 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; for example, Mrs. Bennet now has Valium and online shopping to distract her from constant anxiety. These familiar characters must deal with issues far beyond class and the all-important institution of marriage; everything from sexuality to racism to eating disorders and single parenthood factor in. And it’s all written in a giddily charming blend of nineteenth-century novel–meets–twenty-first-century casual swearing. . . . Delight in this tale for its hilarious and endearing family drama. Kirkus Reviews
  • Even the most ardent Austenite will soon find herself seduced. O: The Oprah Magazine
     
  • Blissful . . . [Curtis] Sittenfeld modernizes the classic in such a stylish, witty way you’d guess even Jane Austen would be pleased. People (book of the week)
     
  • “Blissful…Sittenfeld modernizes the classic in such a stylish, witty way you’d guess even Jane Austen would be pleased.”

    People

  • “[A] sparkling, fresh contemporary retelling.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Even the most ardent Austenite will soon find herself seduced.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A clever, uproarious evolution of Austen’s story.”

    Denver Post

  • “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.”

    Millions

  • “Brings the Bennet sisters and their oh-so-eligible suitors into the twenty-first century without a hitch in this delightfully entertaining love story.”

    BookPage

  • “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)

  • “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

  • “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

  • “Narrator Cassandra Campbell’s lively narration complements Sittenfeld’s sharply observed and witty updates. She voices Darcy, now an accomplished, if snobby, neurosurgeon, in a dry and understated style, contrasting him beautifully with the often exasperated and indignant Liz, a magazine writer. Especially notable is Campbell’s handling of party scenes, in which the five Bennet sisters and assorted other characters interact in rapid-fire dialogue. To Campbell’s credit, each character remains clearly distinguishable through subtle vocal variations. Sittenfeld’s retelling is smart and funny, and Campbell’s performance highlights the novel’s many strengths.”

    AudioFile

  • A Millions.com Pick for Most Anticipated Books of 2016
  • An April 2016 LibraryReads Pick
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A BookPage Top Pick for May 2016
  • A People Pick of the Week
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A New York Times Bestseller
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