We’d like to clear something up, Pride And Prejudice fans: Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy actually met at a Fourth of July barbecue. Well, according to author Curtis Sittenfeld’s retelling of the story.
In Eligible (out this month), Liz (she detests people calling her Lizzie) is a single, thirtysomething writer living in New York. Her sisters are too busy obsessing with their Paleo diets to get jobs and Mrs Bennet is desperate to marry them all off, especially with her eldest daughter Jane’s 40th birthday approaching.
Meanwhile, Fitzwilliam Darcy is a top brain surgeon who gets introduced to Liz by his friend Chip Bingley, a reality TV star and local doctor. It’s the latest work for the Austen Project, in which writers rework the 19th-century author’s novels. But, what if other classics were given a modern-day twist?
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