Pride and Prejudices: 3 New Retellings of Jane Austen’s Classic

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Annika Barranti Klein

Staff Writer

Annika Barranti Klein likes books, obviously.   Twitter: @noirbettie

Annika Barranti Klein

Staff Writer

Annika Barranti Klein likes books, obviously.   Twitter: @noirbettie

There are more Pride and Prejudice retellings than I can count. It is straight-up impossible to find a complete list. I’ve tried. Everywhere that you turn, someone has found a way to retell the story of Eliza and Darcy, sometimes more creatively than others. These three recent and forthcoming versions all offer something extra, exploring non-English and non-white cultures through the framework of this familiar story, exploring pride and prejudices beyond those Jane Austen satirized.

Ayesha At LastAyesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin (Berkley, June 2019)

Already out in Canada, this debut novel will be released in the U.S. next summer. AND? Movie rights have already sold. I’ve read the first chapter and am pretttttty tempted to shell out for the international version so I can finish it. This version is set in Toronto in a Muslim community. Ayesha is a poet and Khalid is a conservative man who becomes engaged to her cousin Hafsa, causing Ayesha to question what she wants in life.

Pride cover imagePride by Ibi Zoboi

This version is set in an Afro-Latino Brooklyn neighborhood, and tackles gentrification among other topics. Zuri wants nothing to do with the wealthy Darcy family, but her sister does, and Zuri finds herself forced to find a way to get along with Darius. Oh, and it’s YA. And you can read it now, or listen to the audiobook read by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

You only have to wait a few weeks for this retelling set in modern-day Pakistan, involving scandal, a wedding, and (of course) much, much more. Alys Benat teaches English (including Ms. Austen, natch) to schoolgirls and ignores the rumors about her family that have made her undesirable for marriage. Then she meets Valentine Darsee at a wedding; he does not make a good first impression.



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