“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week’s WoW is:
Title: Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice
by Curtis Sittenfeld
Book 4 of The Austen Project series
Genre: Adult Retelling
Expected Release Date: April 19th, 2016
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.
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.
It is the first time I actually knew this series existed and there were 3 prequels written (S&S, Emma and Northanger Abbey) each by a different authors. P&P is one of my favorite Jane Asuten books as many of the women in the planet. And I think no matter how many retellings there will be, I’ll always be curious to see what the authors will bring to this loved story.
What’s your WOW for this week?