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Curtis Sittenfeld

Autor(a) de Prep

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About the Author

Elizabeth Curtis Sittenfeld was born August 23, 1975 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is an American writer. Her titles include: Prep, the tale of a Massachusetts prep school; The Man of My Dreams, a coming-of-age novel and an examination of romantic love; and American Wife, a fictional story loosely based mostrar mais on the life of First Lady Laura Bush. Sittenfeld attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, before transferring to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. At Stanford, she studied Creative Writing. At the time, she was also chosen as one of Glamour magazine's College Women of the Year. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. In 2018 she made the bestseller list with her title, You Think It, I'll Say It. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras de Curtis Sittenfeld

Prep (2005) 5,210 cópias
American Wife (2008) 3,376 cópias
Eligible (2016) 1,904 cópias
Sisterland (2013) 1,301 cópias
The Man of My Dreams (2006) 1,265 cópias
Romantic Comedy (2023) 994 cópias
You Think It, I'll Say It (2018) 813 cópias
Rodham (2020) 704 cópias
The Best American Short Stories 2020 (2020) — Editor — 147 cópias
Atomic Marriage (2019) 59 cópias
Help Yourself (2020) 22 cópias
Giraffe & Flamingo (2020) 21 cópias
The Tomorrow Box (2021) 18 cópias
A Regular Couple (2009) 15 cópias
Romantic Comedy (2024) 11 cópias

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I enjoyed reading Sittenfeld's novel of "what if Hilary didn't marry Bill." What if she met him, fell in love, went to Arkansas, but said No the third time he asked her to marry him, due to his inability to keep his fly zipped. She knew that, on that score, she'd never be able to trust him. In this alternate version of her life, she leaves Arkansas and ultimately ends up as a law professor at Northwestern. I don't want to give the story away, but she does portray Hilary as a bright, hard-working single woman. I would say that Bill is not portrayed in a flattering light as time goes on.

It's entertaining, and Sittenfeld did her research by reading, among other things, their autobiographies.

I wouldn't imagine that either of their lives would have followed the trajectory set forth in the novel if they had never married. Without their bond, neither would have reached high office. He is brilliant and charismatic, but a bit wild; she is brilliant, not charismatic, but organized and mentally tough. They are a good team. So 3.5 stars.
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fromthecomfychair | outras 42 resenhas | May 27, 2024 |
"Are you single right now?"

It was a strange question; just a few days before, she'd have said no. "I am, " she said, "but it's recent. Anyway, everyone knows it's completely different for a woman. [A man] could stand on a street corner, announce [his] want [of] a wife, and be engaged fifteen minutes later. I have to convince people to overlook my rapidly approaching expiration date."

Curtis Sittenfeld's "Eligible" is the most recent entry in rel="nofollow" target="_top">The Austen Project -- modern adaptations of Austen's beloved novels. After reading less than stellar reviews, I decided to skip the others in the Project, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read an advance copy of this one as [b:Pride and Prejudice|1885|Pride and Prejudice|Jane Austen|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320399351s/1885.jpg|3060926] ranks among my favorite books, and I've yet to be disappointed by a Curtis Sittenfeld book.

In this version, Sittenfeld transports all of the beloved Pride and Prejudice characters -- the Bennets, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley, Charlotte, Cousin Willie, Mr. Wickham (split into two characters in this book) and more -- to Cincinnati in the early 200o's. Does it sound preposterous? Yes. Does it work? Absolutely.

If you're already familiar with Pride and Prejudice, I advise you to skip the official marketing blurb from the publishers. For me, part of the fun of the book was to go in blind and see how Sittenfeld cleverly modernized each character, yet kept true to the spirit of Austen's intentions. The publisher's blurb gives this all away (I read the blurb after I finished the book, and was glad to have read them in that order).

Those familiar with Sittenfeld's other works know she is a master at writing about social class and manners -- much like Austen herself. She was the perfect choice to pen this re-telling of the story. Those unfamiliar with her writing are in for a treat.

4.5 stars

Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.… (mais)
jj24 | outras 157 resenhas | May 27, 2024 |
This was fine, if a little forgettable. I did appreciate, that as a contemporary romance, Sittenfeld included the start of the pandemic. It feels weird to me when modern media that's written to be pretty much true to life, acts like the pandemic didn't happen (or that it's not still impacting us!) Sure, you could argue it's an alternate reality, but I think it's interesting to see how the characters handle it - and in this case it did impact the main character's jobs and how they interacted with each other.

Alas, I forget both their names already (no, I will not be looking them up), but I thought their emails back and forth at the start of the pandemic were charming. It reminded me of my own emails to my now partner (yes, I'm a sap.) I also appreciated the woman's anxiety and sometimes self-sabotaging snark (and actual mean-ness at times) because it felt very realistic, especially for a comedy writer on alt-SNL. I enjoyed the behind the scenes look at show-writing as well. I obviously have no real idea of what goes into making a show like SNL, but this book felt realistic enough for me to buy in.

I didn't find their actual relationship all the engaging. I do think the woman had some very valid concerns about dating a celebrity as a normie. But they navigated those pretty easily and I just wasn't invested in the "will-they-won't-they" in this book. And for those looking for spice, there are some sex scenes, but they're sparse and more focused on just showing what's happening than trying to get the reader hot and bothered, imo.

Anyway, it was fine. I prefer Eligible though.
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MillieHennessy | outras 40 resenhas | May 26, 2024 |
This extended monologue puts us inside the head of a fictionalized Laura Bush. Perhaps overly long, but an interesting study of a woman's gradual realization and acceptance of her fatal flaws.
JackieCraven | outras 226 resenhas | May 23, 2024 |



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