When Curtis Sittenfeld signed on to write a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, we were thrilled. And fortunately so was Sittenfeld: When editors from The Austen Project reached out with the idea, pairing “authors of global significance with Jane Austen’s six complete works,” Sittenfeld was hooked immediately.
“It just sounded like so much fun,” Sittenfeld tells EW. “I’ve loved Pride and Prejudice since I first read it as a sixteen-year-old, and it was a joy to immerse myself in its world of clever repartee, wise social insights, and swoony romance.”
Eligible, Sittenfeld’s take on the classic, features Liz Bennet, a magazine editor, and her older sister Jane, a yoga instructor, who must leave New York City and return home to Cincinnati when their father is met with health problems. The other sisters, Kitty and Lydia (CrossFit fanatics) and Mary (a mysterious recluse busy getting her third online master’s degree) are still at home — and Mrs. Bennet is trying to get all her daughters married before Jane turns 40. Then, there are our bachelors: Chip Bingley, a handsome doctor who just appeared on a TV reality show called Eligible, and his friend Fitzwilliam Darcy, a neurosurgeon who’s decidedly less charming than Chip.
Eligible won’t hit shelves until April 26, 2016 (giving you plenty of time to re-read that original Austen), but EW has your exclusive cover reveal below: