When their father unexpectedly dies, the three Dashwood girls-Elinor, Marianne and Margaret-must face the harsh reality of a life where they no longer have the home or the financial security that they have always taken for granted. As they come to terms with life without the comforts of either their country house or an inheritance, Elinor, a sensible architecture student, and Marianne, a passionate, musical free spirit, are also confronted by a world where their choices are abruptly limited by their new and alarming circumstances.
With her trademark insight and wit, Joanna Trollope has brought Austen’s characters and their story into the 21st century. In the timeless spirit of their creator, she casts a clever, gently satirical eye on Elinor and Marianne as they are forced to navigate the modern world and the search for love. The results are both heartbreaking and hilarious, but always, in the hands of consummate storyteller Trollope, hugely entertaining and achingly true to life. Reimagining Sense and Sensibility in a fresh and contemporary light, Trollope recasts this beloved coming-of-age story as a perfect tale for our times.
Praise for Sense and Sensibility
“Jane Austen’s story and Joanna Trollope’s voice make the perfect marriage. I loved every page. It’s witty and fresh, whilst completely respecting the original, timeless story. What a delight!” -Sophie Kinsella
“A breathtaking tribute to Jane Austen.” -Washington Post
“You don’t have to have read the original Sense and Sensibility to enjoy this breezy new take on Austen’s 1811 debut…. Wittily, stylishly and sensitively written with lots of delicious upmarket detail. A must for Trollope and Austen fans alike.” -Daily Mail
“Trollope and Austen are a natural marriage.” -Guardian
“The Dashwood girls…are drawn to painterly perfection by Trollope…. Will sweep you up in its fast-paced world.” -Stylist
“Trollope adds verbal fizz. It’s a faster, zestier read than the original…. A fun exercise and one that provokes serious thought.” -Times
“Trollope is to be praised for her courageous refashioning…. Her contemporary parallels are fresh and funny…. Trollope has set the bar high…. Her Sense & Sensibility is a superb gateway into the original novel.” -Observer