Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
(Austen Project)

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Ms. Trollope’s spare, witty prose cuts the book into a short, zingy novel that zips by, and her only failure is convincing me that Bill and Marianne belong together...by all means read the updated Sense & Sensibility. Joanna Trollope really did Jane Austen justice, and yippee! — there are five more books to come.
-All About Romance

Synopsis

From Joanna Trollope, one of the most insightful chroniclers of family life writing fiction today, comes a contemporary retelling of Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen’s classic novel of love, money, and two very different sisters.

John Dashwood promised his dying father that he would take care of his half sisters. But his wife, Fanny, has no desire to share their newly inherited estate. When she descends upon Norland Park, the three Dashwood girls—Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret—are faced with the realities of a cold world and the cruelties of life without their father, their home, or their money.

With her sparkling wit, Joanna Trollope casts a clever, satirical eye on the tales of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood.

Reimagining Sense and Sensibility in a fresh, modern new light, she spins the novel’s romance, bonnets, and betrothals into a wonderfully witty coming-of-age story about the stuff that really makes the world go around. For when it comes to money, some things never change....

 

About Joanna Trollope

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Joanna Trollope is best known as the author of eagerly-awaited novels often centered around the domestic nuances and dilemmas of life in contemporary England. She lives in Gloucestershire.
 
Published October 29, 2013 by Harper. 373 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Aug 01 2013

A questionable remake of a classic, honorably undertaken but coarser and less comic than the original—unsurprisingly.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jun 10 2013

The book's resolution for Marianne seems especially unlikely in this era, and could have benefitted from a more malleable adaptation.

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WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by Alexandra Alter on Oct 24 2013

Her new novel, "Sense & Sensibility," takes the characters from Austen's 1811 novel and plops them in contemporary England...She modified the structure of the book only slightly. Rather than beginning, as Austen does,...Ms. Trollope cuts straight to the family conflict as the Dashwoods learn they must leave the estate.

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All About Romance

Good
Reviewed by Jean Wan on Mar 05 2014

Ms. Trollope’s spare, witty prose cuts the book into a short, zingy novel that zips by, and her only failure is convincing me that Bill and Marianne belong together...by all means read the updated Sense & Sensibility. Joanna Trollope really did Jane Austen justice, and yippee! — there are five more books to come.

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