Published in 1813, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice seems to be showing no signs of slowing down in terms of either popularity or endurance. In fact, a recent handful of offerings make it abundantly clear that the famous novel of romance and manners still has plenty to offer for modern readers.
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
by Sonali Dev
Dr. Trisha Raje is a brilliant neurosurgeon. DJ Caine is a top-caliber chef on the cusp of becoming a celebrity. Set in San Francisco, the two are thrown together when Trisha’s family hires him to cater a huge wedding. Trisha comes across as classist, judgmental, and just plain rude whenever DJ is around, but he can’t quit the job; he needs the money to pay for his sister’s surgery. Just when DJ can’t take any more of Trisha’s insults, he discovers she is the surgeon saving his sister’s life. This covers a lot of territory, but it’s a fun romp with a diverse cast of characters and obvious love for the original novel.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Set in the rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, young Zuri Benito loves her home, her family, and her community. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, they embody to Zuri everything that is going wrong in their neighborhood. She takes an immediate disliking to Darius, the eldest of the family’s sons, and the feeling seems to be mutual. When circumstances lead Darius and Zuri to unexpectedly find themselves on the same side, though, those hard exteriors begin to melt just enough for the possibility of love to slip through.
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Ayesha would love nothing more than to be a poet, but instead she’s working as a substitute teacher to repay debts owed to a wealthy uncle. When she isn’t working, she’s keeping her irresponsible cousin, Hafsa, out of trouble, or at least trying to. When she meets Khalid, she’s instantly turned off by his conservative attire and judgmental tone, even if he is the most intelligent and handsome man she’s met in quite some time. She does her best to ignore the attraction, but when Hafsa’s family announces her engagement to Khalid, she can no longer push her feelings aside. This vibrant retelling features a full Muslim cast in a Toronto setting, several villains you will love to hate, and some surprising twists and turns that still manage to stay true to the original.
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
When magazine writer Liz returns to her childhood home in Cincinnati, she finds everything about her family home, including its inhabitants, in total disarray. And, with Liz’s oldest sister about to turn 40, their mother has started a relentless campaign to find suitable husbands for all of her daughters. When the handsome and popular Chip Bingly and his less-than-charming friend, Fitzwilliam Darcy, meet the daughters at a barbecue, it sets off a lively series of events, mishaps, and misunderstandings.
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~Posted by Summer H.