Book Recs

Pride and Prejudice is perhaps the one books I’ve reread the most times, so of course I’d be a sucker for a good retelling. Here are three retellings that put a new spin on Austen.

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

Set in Pakistan in the early 2000’s this story is the most faithful retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Steeped in a culture obsessed with weddings, and status, Austen’s story translates amazingly well.

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

This one had me giggling the whole way through, because Jalaluddin’s prose is a full of wit and wry observation. Set in modern day Toronto, the story wrestles with immigrant culture, the diaspora, and how to stay stay true to yourself when you’re brought up in multiple cultures.

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

This was perhaps my favourite retelling, because while it kept the main beats of Pride and Prejudice, it also deviated the most, and felt the most modern. There’s romance, but it’s not a marriage plot. It tackles gentrification, and a fear of change. There’s a whole lot love for family, and love for culture. Zoboi makes Zuri’s block feel like its own little world, and I didn’t want to leave it either.

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Journal

June 2019

Writing

I’m halfway through the rewrite, and it’s going amazingly well. I’m stripping out so many plot points, but my word count is probably double what it was. I think it’s because I finally committed myself to a horror as a genre, which is a far cry from the original sci-fi beginnings of this story.

It’s taken 6 painful drafts to get to this point, and when this is done, I will still need to do a round of line edits before I send it out for round 2 reads. As they say, you only learn how to write the book you are writing. Every book feels harder than before, instead of easier. Every book also feels more dangerously ambitious. I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but I want to try this anyway.

Life Lately

So writing has been the highlight of my days lately. In truth, most of the posts that have gone up here were pre-written a long time ago.

I have not been well. I hardly have the energy for conversation, and my inboxes have grown gnarly branches I long to prune. I’m hoping for some relief soon, but until then, things will be a lot more quiet on my side.

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