The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides: April 2012 book of the month
'To start with, look at all the books'. So begins the very first sentence in our April Book of the Month, The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides.
And books are everywhere in this novel: Victorian love stories, literary theories, philosophical tracts, holy scripture and all sorts of writing in between.
It is 1982, and three undergraduates are about to leave Brown University. Madeleine, an idealistic and romantic English Literature addict, is infatuated with Leonard, her mercurial and scientific boyfriend. Meanwhile, theology student Mitchell is convinced that he and Madeleine are destined to be together. Full of idealism and ideas, all three embark on a journey of discovery that reveals adult life is definitely no fairy tale…nor a classic Jane Austen novel.
The Marriage Plot is crammed with energy and intelligence, and Eugenides' writing amuses, beguiles, and thoroughly entertains. The book is full of small, telling details which perfectly express human emotion, and convey the fallibility of human nature. A true modern classic.
Book club discussion: 3 May, 9-10pm
We're delighted that Jeffrey Eugenides will be joining us to talk about The Marriage Plot, and his other novels, on Thursday 3 May, 9-10pm. Whether you've read this book, previous books, or just want to ask him how he started writing, come along and join in.
About Jeffrey Eugenides
Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit and attended Brown and Stanford Universities. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published to great acclaim in 1993, and he has received numerous awards for his work. In 2003, Eugenides received the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Middlesex. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and daughter.
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