Genre: Fiction—Humor & Romance
Completed: 17 October 2016
Summary & Review:
This modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice finds “Liz” Bennet in a relationship with a married man before having “hate sex” with Darcy until she finally falls in love with him. Romantic. Sprinkled throughout are plenty of examples of nausea-inducing PCisms as Sittenfeld shows off her social justice bonafides by making the older white characters racist, homophobic, and of course, transphobic.
Here’s a list of things I want from a novel: entertainment. Here’s a list of things I don’t want from a novel: paragraphs long lectures about transsexualism. Who wants to be talked down to, lectured to, and patronized while reading a novel? Not me. Sittenfeld is a talented writer and there were aspects to this book that were funny and readable, which makes the finished product so frustrating. It could have been a fun book, but instead Sittenfeld felt compelled to stuff it full of all the latest leftist fads from feminism (she literally whined about how the father “giving away” the daughter at a wedding was, paraphrasing here, “creepily patriarchal”), to racism (of course Mrs. Bennet, the WASP matriarch of the family can’t stand having a black realtor), to the afore mentioned transsexualism (or as Sittenfeld insists on teaching the reader, what is now called “transgenderism”).