Pride/Prejudice: A Novel of Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, and Their Forbidden Lovers

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For readers who've loved Jane Austen's most popular novel—the inestimable Pride and Prejudice—questions have always remained. What is the real nature of Darcy's intense friendship with Charles Bingley, to explain why he would prevent Bingley's marriage to Elizabeth's beautiful and virtuous sister Jane? How can Darcy reconcile his own desire for Elizabeth with his determination to save his friend from a similar entanglement? What is the disturbing history behind Darcy's tortured relationship with his foster ...

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Overview

For readers who've loved Jane Austen's most popular novel—the inestimable Pride and Prejudice—questions have always remained. What is the real nature of Darcy's intense friendship with Charles Bingley, to explain why he would prevent Bingley's marriage to Elizabeth's beautiful and virtuous sister Jane? How can Darcy reconcile his own desire for Elizabeth with his determination to save his friend from a similar entanglement? What is the disturbing history behind Darcy's tortured relationship with his foster brother, George Wickham? And what other intimacies, besides their cherished friendship, are exchanged between Elizabeth and Charlotte Lucas?

Ann Herendeen, acclaimed author of Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander, reimagines this classic love story, focusing on the untold aspects of Jane Austen's timeless novel. Pride/Prejudice brings to light all the buried secrets, potential scandals, and unspoken, forbidden loves of Austen's story, weaving a tale of intertwined passions, pride humbled, and ultimately, freedom from prejudice.

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Editorial Reviews

Pamela Regis
“Audacious and masterful. . . . True to Austen’s spirit, Ann Herendeen has given us a compelling, and sexual, novel of manners. In scenes that illuminate the motives and intellects of our favorite characters, we witness their most private moments. Delectable.”
Sandra Kitt
“Ann Herendeen has turned Jane Austen’s beloved classic novel on its head with this beautifully written ‘what if’ story. It is the erotic retelling of Jane’s very eighteenth century characters. The book is surprisingly creative and makes this version timely, realistic and clever fun. An entertaining read!”
Pam Rosenthal
“I gobbled up this delicious book in one sexy/cerebral reading orgy. Now I need to go back and marvel at my leisure, at its author’s wealth of insight and imagination.”
Publishers Weekly
No Cliff's Notes required for this classic, recast by Herendeen (Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander) with a bisexual backstory that would have had the Regency author blushing. Though Herendeen claims she's merely unearthed the “hidden” story from clues already written into the original, what unquestionably occurs in this unlikely redo is erotic, witty and as often silly as refreshing. Here, Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy match wits and sexual appetites while engaging in same-sex relationships, she with older-and-wiser Charlotte, he with younger and pliable Charles Bingley, who struggles with his attraction to Elizabeth's sister, Jane. Sure, the permutations make the already complicated plot even more convoluted, but the sex—hokey as it is with all the pulsing and throbbing—helps ease the prideful misunderstandings and ignorant prejudices. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Herendeen is to be commended for her daringly original interpretation of Jane Austen's masterpiece. Its exploration of an alternative sexuality as motivating factor in the behavior of the major characters offers brilliant insights into the psychology behind the beloved classic. However, it is a disappointing performance after her impressive debut, The Brotherhood of Philander. The wittily wicked dialog and sensual imagery have lost their sparkle to a more awkwardly mechanical style that tells rather than shows this complex tale of love's triumph over social conventions. While psychologically more compelling, Herendeen's second novel lacks the wit, humor, and sheer panache of her first book. VERDICT Although Austen fans might be intrigued by the novel's clever premise, even the hardiest of them will be put off by the image of Darcy and Wickham shattering a window during a youthful game of baseball.—Cynthia Johnson, Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061863134
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Pages: 420
  • Sales rank: 1,094,793
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Herendeen, a native New Yorker and lifelong resident of Brooklyn, received a B.A. in English from Princeton University and an M.L.S. from Pratt Institute. She works as a cataloging librarian specializing in natural history. Ann's first novel, Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander, was published in 2008.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Ewwww

    Ewwww, ewwwwww ,ewwwwww! This is just a horrible book and I am sure Jane Austin is rolling over in her grave right now.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    Not what i was prepared for

    I had to give it one star based on my personal tastes, and there was way too much sex for me, especially between fitz and charles!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2010

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    enjoyable erotic rendition

    Following their lust at first sight meeting at a family gala, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy remain attracted to one another though he is expected to marry Caroline Bingley. The pair particularly enjoys their heated debates on a variety of subjects sexual and otherwise.

    Elizabeth finds she looks forward to making love with older Charlotte Lucas. Fitzwilliam relishes his trysts with his future brother-in-law doubled compliant landless Charles, Caroline's brother. He especially enjoys pinning Charles under him when he takes him. Although Charles also enjoys his romps with Fitzwilliam, he fears exposure as he wants Elziabeth's older sister Jane though he assumes he will marry his male lover's sister Georgiana.

    This is an enjoyable erotic over the top of Big Ben retelling of Pride/Prejudice that probably has Jane Austen turning over in her grave. Although the extended relationships are out of control and needing a baseball scorecard to keep track of who's doing who and when, fans who want something radically different in their Austen diet will want to read the other loves of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Hated it! Give it a -1

    It ruined the whole idea of Lizzy and Darcy together. Please do not read if you have any kind of imagination. It took me days to take this book off my mind!


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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

    Purely Feminine

    Pride and Prejudice is a great novel that is primarily for women. It is basically about the struggle of women to find a good husband due to the period's culture, where women are totally dependent. The main character, Elizabeth is unique, strong, smart, and ahead of her time. She repeatedly refused to be victim of marrying for the sake of family, status, and money. She really believes in marrying for love and has no cares for a man's fortune or who he is in society. The plot is long and sometimes uneventful. The writing is very difficult to follow due to the different language dialect, but after awhile it gets easier. There is a hint of humor that is hard to catch.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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