Jeffrey Eugenides is an author whose name I’ve heard millions of times, but could not take the time to read. I’m sure you’ve read or watched The Virgin Suicides, and there is also the Pulitzer winner Middlesex. So, because I’m not your ordinary reader, I read his least-known book The Marriage Plot. I immediately understood why he is so admired all over the world. He definitely deserves all the attention and a little more.
The Marriage Plot will immediately capture your attention. The characters are so lively that I wanted to meet and have a coffee with them. They both manage to live together and maintain their independence very well throughout the book. Without being stuck in a single-story, I was able to see the butterfly effect as well.
The Marriage Plot, which has been nominated for many awards, is a book I’ll cherish for a long time. If you’re looking for a good read, check it out. Enjoy!
The Marriage Plot
Brown University, 1982. Madeleine Hanna, a dutiful English student and incurable romantic, is writing her thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot – authors of the great marriage plots. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, in the form of two very different men, intervenes.
Leonard Bankhead, a brilliant scientist and charismatic loner, attracts Madeleine with an intensity that she seems powerless to resist. Meanwhile, her old friend Mitchell Grammaticus, a theology student searching for some kind of truth in life, is certain of at least one thing – that he and Madeleine are destined to be together.
But as all three leave college, they will have to figure out how they want their own marriage plot to end.
Jeffrey Kent Eugenides is an American novelist and short-story writer. He has written numerous short stories and essays, as well as three novels: The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex, and The Marriage Plot.
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