Contemporary Fiction


by Curtis Sittenfeld

Quick take

Sittenfeld's version of the Austen classic features a lot less dancing and letter-writing than the original, and a lot more alcohol and sex.

Why I love it

Whenever I discuss Pride and Prejudice with a friend, the first question I ask is: "Jane or Elizabeth?" Whether a person favors Jane (sweetness and calm personified), or Elizabeth (tough as nails but with an aching heart – and loins) tells me a lot.

The same is the case for Eligible, written by the entertaining and clever Curtis Sittenfeld. In this contemporary retelling of the brewing ...

Member thoughts

55% Love
37% Like
8% Dislike
  • Megan E.

    Horace, ND

    "Loved this so much! By far the best modern retelling of a classic I have ever come across. "

  • Jessica B.

    Northfield, OH

    "I loved this adaptation. It's a smart, easy read, and stays true to the original. The perfect summer book. I can't recommend it enough."

  • Ashley L.

    Sherman oaks , CA

    "I love everything Curtis Sittenfeld has written, and Eligible was no different. I had just read P&P, so I loved seeing the similarities but she made it feel fresh and new, so I wasn't bored."

  • Jessica H.

    Auburn, WA

    "Definitely a new favorite! I was never a Jane Austen fan but I loved this modern retelling. So relatable!"

  • Katie A.

    New Albany, OH

    "Loved P+P and also loved this. Quick read, easy and fun!"

  • Nicole M.

    Parkland, FL

    "love the updated story - well written and kept me engaged!"

  • Jenna C.

    New York, NY

    "Excellent update to Pride and Prejudice. Moved at a quick pace and kept you interested to the last word."

  • Jennifer D.

    New York, NY

    "Loved Eligible! "

  • Brian B.

    Ithaca, NY

    "A nice and faithful adaptation of Pride and Prejudice while reflecting modern sensibilities and charm. Loyal characters appropriately diverged from the original source to provide originality. "

  • Shelbi L.

    Bryan, TX

    "This was everything that I was hoping for and more! I need more books like this in my life."

  • Bridget M.

    Reno, NV

    "Its cool to see a classic come to life in a modern fashion. "