Pride and Prejudice Redux

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 DevPride, 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 ZoboiPride 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. Continue reading “Pride and Prejudice Redux”