|By (author):||Stillman, Whit|
|Subject:||FICTION / General|
|FICTION / Historical|
|FICTION / Humorous / General|
|FICTION / Literary|
|FICTION / Romance / Historical / Victorian|
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Size:||8.62in x 5.87in x 1.00in|
|From The Publisher*||Jane Austen's funniest novel is also her least known--until now.|
Impossibly beautiful, disarmingly witty, and completely self-absorbed: Meet Lady Susan Vernon, both the heart and the thorn of Love & Friendship. Recently widowed, with a daughter who's coming of age as quickly as their funds are dwindling, Lady Susan makes it her mission to find them wealthy husbands--and fast.
But when her attempts to secure their futures result only in the wrath of a prominent conquest's wife and the title of "most accomplished coquette in England," Lady Susan must rethink her strategy.
Unannounced, she arrives at her brother-in-law's country estate. Here she intends to take refuge--in no less than luxury, of course--from the colorful rumors trailing her, while finding another avenue to "I do." Before the scandalizing gossip can run its course, though, romantic triangles ensue.
With a pitch-perfect Austenian sensibility and wry social commentary, filmmaker and writer Whit Stillman cleverly reimagines and completes one of our greatest writers' unfinished works. As much homage to its muse's perennial influence as testament to its author's brilliance, Love & Friendship is a sharp comedy of manners, and a fiendishly funny treat for Austen and Stillman fans alike.
|Review Quote*||"A merry comedy of pride, prejudice, and duplicity.... Silly, sly, eccentric characters and brisk chatter make for a diverting romp."-Kirkus Reviews|
|Review Quote*||"Lady Susan is finally getting some long overdue respect."-Alexandra Alter, New York Times|
|Review Quote*||"Both quirky and hilarious."-Publishers Weekly|
|Review Quote*||"Funny.... Lady Susan remains deliciously wicked."|
-Julia Felsenthal, Vogue
|Review Quote*||"Stillman worships Austen and [the book and film] show a deep familiarity with her life, work, and times."-Laura Miller, Slate|
|Review Quote*||"Stillman has a fine eye for social niceties."-Library Journal, Editor's Pick|
|Review Quote*||"Both movie and book are much funnier than they sound in a brief description."|
-Scott Timberg, Salon
|Biographical Note||Whit Stillman--winner of France's Prix Fitzgerald for his prior novel--is the writer-director of five films, including Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco, Damsels in Distress, and Love & Friendship, a mendacious representation of this story. At university, he was an editor of the Harvard Crimson, and he later worked in book publishing and journalism. His first novel, The Last Days of Disco, With Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards, was also derived from a film story.|
*Love & Friendship includes the full text of Jane Austen's Lady Susan.