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.