Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2011:
Even among authors, Jeffrey Eugenides
possesses a rare talent for being able to inhabit his characters. In The Marriage Plot
, his third novel and first in ten years (following the Pulitzer Prize-winning Middlesex
), Eugenides describes a year or so in the lives of three college seniors at Brown in the early 80s. There is Madeleine, a self-described “incurable romantic” who is slightly embarrassed at being so normal. There is Leonard, a brilliant, temperamental student from the Pacific Northwest. And completing the triangle is Mitchell, a Religious Studies major from Eugenides’ own Detroit. What follows is a book delivered in sincere and genuine prose, tracing the end of the students’ college days and continuing into those first, tentative steps toward true adulthood. This is a thoughtful and at times disarming novel about life, love, and discovery, set during a time when so much of life seems filled with deep portent. --Chris Schluep
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Eugenides's ability to reinvent the timeless tale of love and soul-searching is swoon-worthy. (Vanity Fair
I gorged myself on The Marriage Plot.
A masterful storyteller. (The Seattle Times
Audacious and moving. (Time
Extremely ambitious...surprising, and propulsive. (Chicago Sun-Times
Deeply humane and elegantly constructed. (NPR
The finale of The Marriage Plot
is unexpected, beautiful, and---Dare we hope?---timeless. (The Cleveland Plain Dealer
A master of voice. (The Washington Post
Wry, engaging, and beautifully constructed. (The New York Times Book Review