I need to let you know that I will watch, read and buy pretty much any reimagining of Jane Austen’s novels. I did not engage with the zombie one because I am easily scared but that is about it. So when I found out that Sonali Dev wrote a version of Pride and Prejudice I about sprained a finger pre-ordering it. Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors ticks all my boxes when it comes to reimagining of Jane Austen novels.
- The heroine has to be smart.
- The hero has to be good hearted but wrong minded.
- There has to be a real divide between the two, nothing a quick text message could clear up.
- The supporting characters have to have weight and presence.
- There has to be some comment on the society the characters inhabit, since that was where Austen excelled.
- There has to be a sense that the two people live happily ever after, even if their families are an ongoing disaster.
And Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors does all that and then some. You are going to love it and I can only hope one day soon someone makes it into a movie or better yet a limited series with about 3 episodes of 2 hours each.
A reader can dream.
Here’s the official publisher’s blurb:
It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep.
Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that’s not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who’s achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules:
- Never trust an outsider
- Never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations
- And never, ever, defy your family
Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn’t repeat old mistakes.
Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha’s arrogance. And then he discovers that she’s the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life.
As the two clash, their assumptions crumble like the spun sugar on one of DJ’s stunning desserts. But before a future can be savored there’s a past to be reckoned with…
A family trying to build home in a new land.
A man who has never felt at home anywhere.
And a choice to be made between the two.