As cliche as it is, I'm a big Jane Austen fan (is any female English major not?) and I found it even more fun than expected to experience this modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice.
I discovered much I admired about Sittenfeld's main character, Liz Bennet. She's a thirty-something magazine writer living in NYC with her older sister Jane. When their father has a health scare, the sisters return to their childhood Cincinnati home. They discover everything in shambles, from their family's Tudor to their three little sisters' ability to grow up in professional maturity, if not age. Liz is smart and capable, and has an ability to stay level-headed among chaos that I wish I could channel.
Sometimes when you read a modern re-telling, you find your focus drifting toward what you know is the inevitable ending. Not so in this case. I loved witnessing Liz's relationship with the unvarnished Darcy develop into its destined happy ending.
Sure, it's a fun and easy read, with the clipped length of the chapters correlating with the amount of brain juice needed to process the text. But a little brain candy never hurt anyone.