Ayesha at Last, a modern Muslim love story

Set in modern-day Canada, “Ayesha at Last” explores themes found in Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”—societal expectations, reputation in the community, complicated family dynamics, overcoming personal obstacles—through the lens of several Muslim families. The back of “Ayesha at Last,” Uzma Jalaluddin’s debut novel, says it’s “a modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of […]

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Death Comes to Pemberley, a cozy whodunit

I’m generally a fan of P.D. James’ crime novels (The Murder Room being one of my favorites), so when I heard she wrote a Pride and Prejudice themed mystery, I was intrigued. I appreciated the short prologue. P.D. James doesn’t linger too long over recanting the events of “Pride and Prejudice,” but gives enough context […]

Pursuit of Mary Bennet brings neglected character into the light

When it comes to the Bennet sisters of Pride & Prejudice, middle child Mary is often the one left out, the oddball in the family, overshadowed by her sisters. She prefers the company of her pianoforte to any person and doesn’t share in sisterly relationships at the same level as the Jane/Elizabeth and Kitty/Lydia pairings. […]

Pride and Prejudice: Where it began

My love for Jane Austen started with “Pride and Prejudice.” Specifically, it began with the Scholastic Classics edition pictured above, which I ordered from one of those Scholastic Book Club flyers in middle school. I chose it because I knew it was one of those books everyone is meant to read, and I thought the […]

Cozy Classics: Pride and Prejudice

It’s hard to believe a beloved classic could be conveyed in only 12 words, but Jack and Holman Wang have done just that with their Cozy Classics series. These sturdy board books—including titles like “Moby Dick,” “Les Miserables” and “Pride and Prejudice”—feature 12 scenes illustrated with needle-felt characters, each accompanied by a single descriptive word. […]

The Phantom of Pemberley: A Pride & Prejudice Murder Mystery

It’s been over a year since Darcy and Elizabeth’s wedding, and they’re living in a bubble of bliss. But then a snowstorm strands a motley group of travelers at Pemberley, and soon, bodies start falling. In “The Phantom of Pemberley” by Regina Jeffers, a series of accidents and deaths plague the estate, and everyone is […]