TIMELY AND FRESH TAKE ON A CLASSIC: Retellings of Jane Austen’s novels have always been popular—from Eligible to Bridget Jones’s Diary to Clueless—and Polite Society hits all the right notes. It’s also the perfect next step: The American debut of British-Indian writer Mahesh Rao, the novel’s diverse take is fresh in the category, perfect for our multicultural climate and the “own voices” movement.
A DELIGHT FOR AUSTEN FANS: Lovers of the original Emma and Jane Austen’s wit and women will enjoy Rao’s gorgeously incisive prose and Ania’s entertaining journey. The novel closely mirrors Emma, but with a few key twists, which fans will love to identify and explore.
FUN AND SMART BEACH READ: Readers (and now viewers) have loved the wealth, glamor, and drama of Crazy Rich Asians, and this novel packs a similar punch, with a big heart, nonstop wit, and a zany cast of lovably odd characters.
RICH SETTING: Rao has spent the last nine years living in India and knows the world he writes. The tantalizingly rich culture of Delhi comes to life on every page, while the universal nature of each character’s desires and social foibles are familiar and fun for American readers.
“Witty, smart, compelling—Polite Society is a thoroughly pleasurable read.”—Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire
“A bitingly funny version of Austen’s Emma…could have been titled Crazy Rich Indians.”—South China Morning Post
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