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Presumption
Barrett, Julia.
Adult Fiction BARRETT

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Aside from the intelligence native to its title, this continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice has little to commend it. Barrett (the pseudonym of writers Julia Braun Kessler and Gabrielle Donnelly) essentially reassigns the plights of Austen's characters. Thus Darcy's sister, Georgiana--Barrett's heroine--prejudges an honorable fellow even as she is dazzled by the duplicitous, Wickham-like Captain Heywood. This dastardly fellow hooks up with Wickham himself in an extortion scheme whereby Elizabeth's aunt Philips is imprisoned on charges of shoplifting. Haughty Caroline Bingley, running off with Heywood, implausibly enacts the role previously assigned to Lydia, while Georgiana (of course) finds solace for her wounded heart with aforesaid honorable fellow. Elizabeth, almost a minor figure, is rarely allowed to simply speak: she ``cries, '' ``says smiling'' or even ``cries . . .with sparkling eyes'' her various utterances. Arch and cumbersomely worded pseudo-aphorisms take the place of Austen's witty comments. The real presumption here is not the attempt to reincarnate Elizabeth, Darcy et al., but the titling of the work ``an entertainment.'' Readers will more likely cringe. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Presumption , Barrett's skillfully styled sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice , continues the story of the Bennet, Bingley, Wickham, Darcy, and Collins families, focusing mainly on Georgiana Darcy without, however, neglecting the other colorful characters. Georgiana, sister to the formidable Darcy, is suffering from past romantic indiscretions and is determined to remain more rational in her reactions to masculine attention. However, she soon finds her thoughts turning with alarming frequency to a dashing naval officer as well as to the talented architect her brother has hired. Meanwhile, her irrepressible sister-in-law copes with supercilious friends and neighbors--a task made more difficult by the continuing vulgarity of her mother and the imprisonment of her aunt. Barrett expertly captures Austen's ironic voice and subject matter in a book that is sure to delight and intrigue most Austen devotees. Highly recommended.-- Cynthia Johnson, Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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