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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 30s 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 40th 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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By kherrington on 06-11-16
Don't read if you're attached to the original characters
If you're someone who loves the Bennett girls, mainly Elizabeth and Jane, don't read this book. The portrayal is not one that is flattering to either. But the book was okay. I read the entire thing, and even though I know the story of Liz and Darcy backwards and forwards, I wanted to know what happened.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
By Sarah G on 05-27-16
Definitely Not Fluff
As an avid Jane Austen fan I devour anything Austen. I was not disappointed with the modernization of the characters and the updated, yet familiar story.
I've read/watched/listened to many other attempts at bringing a 19th century story into modern day, most with some cringe worthy stories or character developments, I never felt like this story ever reached that point.
I wouldn't lie and say I didn't enjoy interpretations like The Lizzie Bennett Diaries, but in comparison Eligible has more developed characters and a more interesting story. It was real and gritty, where as others had a tendency to be fluffy with a story book ending. The plot twists were fun and unexpected. My only complaint is the ending and how bogged down in the reality show it became.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful