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‘Love & Friendship’ Novel

Whit Stillman’s novel, based on the film, Love & Friendship is out (since May 3rd).  So if for some reason you cannot make it to the theater, then be sure to check out this highly acclaimed novel.

Purchase in the USA, UK & Canada

As a bonus it has the original text in the back.

Love & Friendship Book Cover Whit Stillman Lady Susan Jane Austen

“A postmodern confection [that’s] very, very funny.”―Penelope Green, New York Times

“In the ever-booming Austen spinoff industry, where paeans to Mr. Darcy are the norm, rewriting a work of the master’s in the guise of one of her detractors makes for an eccentrically cheeky tribute.”―Alexandra Schwartz, New Yorker

“A merry comedy of pride, prejudice, and duplicity…. Silly, sly, eccentric characters and brisk chatter make for a diverting romp.”―Kirkus Reviews

“Lady Susan is finally getting some long overdue respect.”―Alexandra Alter, New York Times

“Witty and delightful.”―BookPage

“Both quirky and hilarious.”―Publishers Weekly

“Lady Susan remains deliciously wicked.”―Julia Felsenthal, Vogue

“Stillman worships Austen and [the book and film] show a deep familiarity with her life, work, and times.”―Laura Miller, Slate

“Stillman has a fine eye for social niceties.”―Library Journal, Editor’s Pick

“Both movie and book are much funnier than they sound in a brief description.”―Scott Timberg, Salon

Whit Stillman Book Signing & Screening in Princeton on Sunday

‘L&F’ Book Review

Unserious Austen by Adam Thirlwell at The New York Review of Books (May 27, 2016).

Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship novel can be purchased on amazon.

Love & Friendship Book Cover Whit Stillman Lady Susan Jane Austen

It’s a quieter, English-country-house-version of Les Liaisons Dangereuses—where a ruthless woman is humiliated. But in Stillman’s rendering, something has happened to its finale. True, Lady Susan is now married to Sir James Martin and Frederica is married to Reginald De Courcy. But in the original, it is Reginald who broke off the relationship with Lady Susan, when he discovered the extent of her duplicity. In Love & Friendship, it is Lady Susan’s decision. It is not humiliation, but quiet control. At one point, her confidante, Mrs. Johnson, observes to Lady Susan that in fact to marry Sir James herself would not be an irrational project, given her precarious financial position as a widow: “I would rather be married to my own husband than dependent on the hospitality of others.” Stillman’s Lady Susan will not be Blanche DuBois. Her stratagems can be appreciated not as immoralities but as moving pirouettes of social survival.