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
It's the early 1980s--the country is in a deep recession, and
life after college is harder than ever. In the cafes on College
Hill, 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 tries to understand why "it became laughable to
read writers like Cheever and Updike, who wrote about the suburbia
Madeleine and most of her friends had grown up in, in favor of
reading the Marquis de Sade, who wrote about deflowering virgins in
eighteenth-century France," real life, in the form of two very
different guys, intervenes. Leonard Bankhead--charismatic loner,
college Darwinist, and lost Portland boy--suddenly turns up in a
semiotics seminar, and soon Madeleine finds herself in a highly
charged erotic and intellectual relationship with him. At the same
time, her old "friend" Mitchell Grammaticus--who's been reading
Christian mysticism and generally acting strange--resurfaces,
obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his
Over the next year, as the members of the triangle in this
amazing, spellbinding novel graduate from college and enter the
real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they learned
in school. Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology Laboratory on
Cape Cod, but can't escape the secret responsible for Leonard's
seemingly inexhaustible energy and plunging moods. And Mitchell,
traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind, finds
himself face-to-face with ultimate questions about the meaning of
life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love.
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? With
devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for
his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides revives the motivating energies
of the Novel, while creating a story so contemporary and fresh that
it reads like the intimate journal of our own lives.
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