"Pride and Prejudice" for the Trump Era - A Modern Retelling by Corrie Garrett

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Perhaps it was inevitable after “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” but another retelling of Jane Austen’s classic novel has emerged, this time asking whether Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet can overcome the deadly scourge of…politics. Touching on immigration, trafficking, racism, and polarization, “Pride and Prejudice and Passports” is an ambitious novel for the genre of Jane Austen modernizations.

This Elizabeth Bennet is named Elisa Benitez, and she is the daughter of undocumented immigrants in Southern California. Her Mr. Darcy is a conservative politician rising fast in the Republican party, and they meet during the divisive summer of Trump’s presidential run. Their unlikely romance is woven into real-life events of 2016; from a Trump rally in San Diego (that ended in a riot) to the unexpected smash-hit of Pokémon Go.

While set two years ago, the topics that engrossed the nation during that election are now being played out on a national stage. Placing one of literature’s classic couples in the midst of it, one can’t help but wonder, would this be the first Darcy and Elizabeth who don’t get their happily ever after?

Author Corrie Garrett said, “…one of my favorite characters in the original novel is Mrs. Bennet—the mother obsessed with her daughters’ marriages. It’s almost impossible to do justice to her in a modern context, but it finally hit me that an immigrant mom, facing a world of uncertainty, could give Mrs. Bennet a run for her money.”

Corrie Garrett draws on her fifteen years in Los Angeles to breathe life into this version of the story. She is an indie-author and active member of the NaNoWriMo community.

Librarians, bloggers, and other NetGalley Reviewers can receive a free review copy here: https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/156406

Is it a legit retelling and romance? “Pride and Prejudice and Passports” can be purchased on amazon.com. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K4XV685/

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