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- ISBN: 0385351240 (electronic bk.)
- ISBN: 9780385351249 (electronic bk.)
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- Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
|General Note:||"Originally published in Great Britain by Transworld, an imprint of the Random House Group Ltd., London."|
|Summary, etc.:||In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants' hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.|
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- Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2013 May #2
In centuries past, servants were barely seen or heard, but then came Upstairs Downstairs. Here, Baker visits one downstairs that will intrigue many readersâthat of the Bennet household in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. British author Baker's second novel to appear here, after the much-praised The Undertow.[Page 54]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
- Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2013 August #1
Avid Jane Austen readers know Longbourn as the family home of the Bennets in Pride and Prejudice, where five unmarried daughters in search of husbands with fortunes and their put-upon parents reside. This, however, is not their story. The novel takes place beneath the staircase, where the servants prepare the meals, wait tables, scrub mud off boots and petticoats, drive the carriages, and otherwise cater to the daily demands of the household. While the drama of husband-hunting takes place largely offstage and the family goes about its familiar social engagements with the Bingleys, the Darcys, the insufferable Mr. Collins, and the mendacious Wickham, the real drama unfolds when the enigmatic James Smith arrives as a footman and catches the eye of Sarah, the young housemaid with dreams of a world beyond Longbourn. VERDICT British author Baker's second novel after her much lauded The Undertow is densely plotted and achingly romantic. This exquisitely reimagined Pride and Prejudice will appeal to Austen devotees and to anyone who finds the goings-on below the stairs to be at least as compelling as the ones above. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/13.]âBarbara Love, Kingston Frontenac P.L., Ont.[Page 86]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
- Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews Newsletter
Elizabeth and Darcy take a backseat in this retelling of Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Preju-dice. Instead, the focus is on the servants who keep the household running smoothly, for the most part. Captivating and delightful; a must-read for fans of Austen, Upstairs/Downstairs, and Downton Abbey. (LJ 8/13) (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.