pride, prejudice and jasmin field

Alyce at At Home with Books is doing a weekly feature where she highlights one of her favorite reads from the past and encourages others to do so as well.

My pick this week is Melissa Nathan’s fabulous Pride and Prejudice retelling, which I read for the first time in college. I’ve since re-read it at least four times. It’s the only Jane Austen spin-off in novel form that has received that treatment. What I’m trying to say (in not so many words) is that Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field stands on its own as a funny, charming and worthwhile piece of fiction.

Although the plot obviously follows the general outline of the original Pride and Prejudice, this version is completely modern without losing the social commentary, hilarious antics, and crisp dialogue that Jane Austen fans expect and love. It’s not an ‘update’ of the story so much as a re-imagining. And Nathan has the writing chops to pull it off.

Ultimately I was so enchanted by this book that I went searching for more of Nathan’s writing. She has another modern take on Austen in Persuading Annie (based on Persuasion), but unfortunately she’s passed away and won’t be delighting us with further Austen-esque tales. All the more reason to read and appreciate what she DID write: cute, engaging fiction that doesn’t patronize the reader and speaks for itself with a good dose of spunk, sass and wit.

It starts as a lark for Jasmin Field, the charming, acerbically witty columnist for a national women's magazine. She joins a host of celebrities gathering in London to audition for the season's most dazzling charity event: a one-night only stage production of Jane Austen's immortal Pride and Prejudice, directed by and starring the Academy Award-winning Hollywood heartthrob Harry Noble. And nobody is more surprised than Jasmin herself when she lands the lead of handsome Harry's love interest, Elizabeth Bennet. But things start to go very wrong very quickly.

Ms. Field's delicious contempt for the arrogant, overbearing Harry Noble goes from being wicked fun to infuriating. Her brief moment of theatrical glory looks as if it's going to be overshadowed by the betrayal of her best friend, the disintegration of her family and the implosion of her career. And suddenly she can't remember a single one of her lines. But, worst of all, Harry Noble - who, incidentally, looks amazing in tight breeches - has started to stare hard at Jazz with that sort of a glimmer in his eyes...

Fresh, wild, wonderfully romantic and absolutely hilarious, Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field is Jane Austen as the great lady herself never imagined it.

Did I mention that the book cover is absolutely sensational? It’s three-quarters of the reason I picked the book up in the first place! If you’d like to win your own copy of Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field, be sure to enter my Everything Austen Giveaway!


Alyce said...

I haven't heard of this book or author before, but I have added it to my wish list. It's so sad when good authors pass away.

In regards to your comment about Rilla of Ingleside, we are kindred spirits! :) It's my favorite of the series too. One way you can tell? My oldest son is named Kenneth after Kenneth Ford. :)

Alyce said...

Well I'm glad you see it as romantic! :) I think only a fellow bibliophile would understand me naming my kid after a character in a book.

Kals said...

The book cover is lovely and the book sounds fascinating. I'm definitely adding it to my TBR list =) Thanks for this post!

vvb32 reads said...

you read this four times?! yay, sounds like it will be a goodie. i have it in my Everything Austen pile which i'll get back to after my trip in dystopia.

so sad to hear about the author. i'll definitely pick up Persuading Annie.

Anonymous said...

Well you've done it again, and now I've got P&P&Jasmine ordered up. Thank you, book fairy!

Zibilee said...

I just opened my awesome Secret Santa gift from you and I wanted to stop by and say that it's wonderful! There's a little bit of everything I love in there, and the card was beautiful as well! Thanks so much for being such a great Secret Santa and I do hope that you have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! By the way, you've got a great blog here, I will be stopping by to visit again soon. Merry Christmas!

Lisa said...

I hadn't heard of this book or author but I'm always game for anything that has to do with Austen.

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