Melinda Taub is an Emmy- and Writers' Guild Award-winning writer. The former head writer and executive producer of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, she is the author of Still Star-Crossed, a young adult novel which was adapted for television by Shondaland, who also made Bridgerton. (She also wrote that thing about the Baroness in The Sound of Music that your aunt likes.) She lives in Brooklyn.
"Wildly inventive and utterly addictive. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm now 100% Team Lydia * Julia Quinn, author of the Bridgerton series * This book is pure joy. Absolutely rollicking and thoroughly delightful. Melinda Taub peered directly into my soul and gave me the adventure I needed, plus feisty witches in empire waist dresses and the Kitty of my dreams. I'll be over here, swooning on my fainting couch * Samantha Bee * A romping, lively retelling with surprises galore! It's a delight to see Lydia Bennet receive her due * Tamora Pierce * Witty, magical, romantic and altogether brilliant! There's so much more to Pride and Prejudice than we ever knew * Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians * What a delicious book this is - like Lydia, it's headlong, a little wicked, and irrepressibly fun. And if that weren't enough, it gave me an entirely new lens through which to appreciate Jane Austen's Bennet family. Melinda Taub writes with a forensic wit and understanding of the desire to be loved and understood, even when those two things stand in seeming opposition. And like Georgette Heyer at her best, or, indeed, Austen, she has the alchemist's touch which turns this exploration into something delightful * Kelly Link * Funny and fierce as Lydia Bennet herself, this book mixes witchcraft lore with Austen's story to make its own unique magic. I'll never look at Kitty the same way again..."" * Claudia Gray * A delightfully rendered redemption of the much-maligned youngest Bennet daughter, Lydia; whose ill-advised actions that once threatened the Bennett sisters' futures is finally proven to be less a girlish folly and more the result of a sacrifice made meant to save them all. Filled with magic, mayhem and manners, Melinda Taub has crafted a world both familiar and strange, faithful and fantastic * Amiee Gibbs, The Carnival of Curiosities * Clever twist on Jane Austen's classic * Country Living * This is a masterpiece and a treat for any Austen fan * All About Romance * A delight for both Austen lovers and fans of magical adventure stories * Kirkus * Cleverly inserts Lydia's magical misadventures into the original story, creating something wholly original and utterly charming * Booklist * Infused with elements of English folk horror, this Regency-era comedy of manners makes for a lively, delightful adventure * Guardian * It's smart, it's in dialogue with the past but not bound by it, and it's trying to do a lot of interesting things at once * Concatenation *"