Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen's Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated

Category: Book
By (author): Stillman, Whit
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Historical
  FICTION / Humorous / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Romance / Historical / Victorian
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Published: May 2016
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 8.62in x 5.87in x 1.00in

Additional Notes

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 NoteWhit 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.