I am a massive Pride and Prejudice fan. I first read it when I was 10 or 11, then read Jane Eyre after that, so both are very close to my heart. I have re-read the former more though, and although I cannot count myself a Janeite (I did not even know of The Austen Project until recently), I had resolved to start acquiring multiple editions of the Austen novel.
As I may have already mentioned on another post about a Jane Eyre retelling, I am very apprehensive of them because of another modern adaptation of a classic that I have read which turned out to be thoroughly unpleasant. But I cannot not read this book; no, I had to read it despite any misgivings.
Eligible is the fourth Austen novel in The Austen Project by The Borough Press. This time it is Curtis Sittenfeld who has been commissioned to adapt the story, and she is known for writing women’s literature (or chick lit, as it’s been called). Her most popular book appears to be Prep, followed by American Wife and Sisterland. She was born in Cincinnati, and a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop1.
I am not familiar with any of Sittenfeld’s other books, but those two aforementioned facts about her feature heavily in Eligible….