ELIGIBLE CURTIS SITTENFELD
The Bennet sisters have been summoned from New York City. Liz and Jane are good daughters. They’ve come home to suburban Cincinnati to get their mother to stop feeding their father steak as he recovers from heart surgery, to tidy up the crumbling Tudor-style family home, and to wrench their three sisters from their various states of arrested development.
Once they are under the same roof, old patterns return fast. Soon enough they are being berated for their single status, their only respite the early morning runs they escape on together. For two successful women in their late thirties, it really is too much to bear. That is, until the Lucas family’s BBQ throws them in the way of some eligible single men
Chip Bingley is not only a charming doctor, he’s a reality TV star too. But Chip’s friend, haughty neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy, can barely stomach Cincinnati or its inhabitants. Jane is entranced by Chip; Liz, sceptical of Darcy. As Liz is consumed by her father’s mounting medical bills, her wayward sisters and Cousin Willie trying to stick his tongue down her throat, it isn’t only the local chilli that will leave a bad aftertaste. But where there are hearts that beat and mothers that push, the mysterious course of love will resolve itself in the most entertaining and unlikely of ways. And from the hand of Curtis Sittenfeld, Pride & Prejudice is catapulted into our modern world singing out with hilarity and truth.
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld is the best modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice that I have read. The writing is superb from beginning to end and I am sure this book will be chosen as one of the best top ten books of 2016 to read.
The Bennet family lived in a sprawling eight-bedroom Tudor in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park. Mr Bennet had undergone emergency coronary artery bypass surgery. The eldest and the second eldest of the five Bennet sisters had lived in New York. Jane and Liz from New York City return home to Cincinnati due to their father’s heart scare. Twenty-three year old Lydia was the youngest Bennet, Kitty was twenty-six and Mary who was thirty.
Chip Bingley went to Harvard Medical School and he was on a TV reality show Eligible, where twenty-five single women fought for Chips heart. At thirty-six Chip Bingley is looking for a wife. Well before his arrival in Cincinnati, everyone knew that Chip Bingley was looking for a wife. Naturally Mrs Bennet thinks he is suitable for her daughters Liz or Jane. Why not for Mary? Kitty wanted to know. Lydia the youngest made a statement of saying because Mary is gay. Mary denied being gay. I highly recommend reading Eligible as it is a very entertaining novel with lots to love and cherish.