FROM 1813 to 2016

Elle (Canada) - - Radar -

At first blush, El­i­gi­ble, Cur­tis Sit­ten­feld’s mod­ern retelling of Pride and Prej­u­dice— in which Jane is preg­nant via IVF, Mr. Darcy and El­iz­a­beth are en­e­mies with ben­e­fits and Long­bourn is in Cincin­nati—should have Austenophiles tak­ing to the streets in gen­teel out­rage. But some­thing about its bit­ing wit, its sub­ver­sion with a heart of gold and the un­com­pro­mis­ing way Sit­ten­feld skew­ers how we live to­day—from Ly­dia as a holier-than-thou pa­leo CrossFit en­thu­si­ast to Mr. Collins as a skin-crawl­ing Sil­i­con Val­ley wun­derkind—makes us think that this is just the kind of smart, self-aware book that Austen her­self might have writ­ten in 2016.

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