The Hamilton Spectator - - GO - TARA HEN­LEY

In the Age of Jane, it’s not easy to find fresh takes on Austen clas­sics. It’s the rare writer who can stand out from the hordes of aca­demic, pop­u­lar and fan-fic­tion ti­tles, tak­ing Austen’s beloved plots and char­ac­ters and in­ter­pret­ing them in new and ex­cit­ing ways. Here are three ti­tles that de­serve ku­dos — and a good read:

El­i­gi­ble by Cur­tis Sit­ten­feld

The best­selling Amer­i­can au­thor play­fully up­dates “Pride and Prej­u­dice” for a mod­ern sen­si­bil­ity, ex­plor­ing the shift­ing world of 21st-cen­tury love, com­plete with asex­u­al­ity, trans­sex­u­al­ity, ca­sual sex and ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion. Smart, en­ter­tain­ing and of-the-mo­ment.

The Jane Austen Project by Kath­leen A. Flynn

This de­but novel from New York Times edi­tor Kath­leen A. Flynn has been get­ting lots of at­ten­tion, and with good rea­son. Its sci-fi premise is ul­tra­u­nique, in­volv­ing two time trav­ellers that visit Jane Austen from the fu­ture, hop­ing to save an un­pub­lished man­u­script from ob­scu­rity.

Long­bourn by Jo Baker

There’s a rea­son the New York Times has called this Austen trib­ute “de­light­fully au­da­cious.” The crit­i­cally ac­claimed novel re­vis­its “Pride and Prej­u­dice” from the per­spec­tive of the Ben­net house­hold’s ser­vants; a richly re­searched up­stairs-down­stairs drama that does not dis­ap­point.

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