||The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his 2002 book MIDDLESEX, Jeffrey Eugenides is a contemporary master of the novel form, and this expertise and creative fluency come to bear on THE MARRIAGE PLOT. At once stunningly constructed and invitingly transparent, this novel's cohesion and coherence--which somehow never lead to predictabilty--make it a delight to read. The title could not be more apt, for this is both a modern recasting of the prototypical Victorian novel and a meta-meditation on that fiction device and its long-running popularity: this is a love story and a book about love stories. The novel focuses on a love triangle involving college students at Brown in the 1980s--Madeleine, a lover of Victorian literature who is writing her senior thesis about marriage plots; Leonard, a moody, unpredictable young scientist; and Mitchell, a student of religion who believes he and Madeleine are soul mates. Eugenides gracefully unfolds this story of young romance across the globe and out of sequence, keeping things lively. And the ruminations on love in the contemporary moment will certainly resonate with most reflective readers.
||A New York Times Notable Book of 2011|A Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Book of 2011 |A Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Best Fiction of 2011 Title |One of Library Journal's Best Books of 2011|A Salon Best Fiction of 2011 title|One of The Telegraph's Best Fiction Books of the Year 2011 Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce?It's the early 1980s. In American colleges, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes---the charismatic and intense Leonard Bankhead, and her old friend the mystically inclined Mitchell Grammaticus. As all three of them face life in the real world they will have to reevaluate everything they have learned. Jeffrey Eugenides creates a new kind of contemporary love story in "his most powerful novel yet" (Newsweek).