Modern romance author Elizabeth Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Sisterland and American Wife, has set her sights on paying tribute to a writer who defined the genre. Her upcoming book, Eligible, is a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen‘s classic novel Pride and Prejudice. The idea for a remake came from the Jane Austen Project, a group who wants to put together “authors of global significance with Jane Austen’s six complete works.”
Eligible, which Sittenfeld has unabashedly described as “Austen fan fiction,” tells the story of two sisters, Liz and Jane Bennet, a magazine editor and a yoga instructor. They leave their New York lifestyle to return to their hometown of Cincinnati to care for their father who has fallen ill. The two reunite with their other three sisters, and all of them start to look for bachelors (including neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy) at the request of their mother. The novel has been picked up by Penguin Random House, who have just unveiled its cover:
Eligible hits bookstores on April 26, 2016. Any Sittenfeld or Austen fans excited to give it a read?