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JEFFREY EUGENIDES - The Marriage Plot

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 7:00pm
603 N Lamar Blvd
78703-5413 Austin
us
The Marriage Plot: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374203054
Availability: Not available to order
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 11th, 2011

 The bestselling author of
Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides
JEFFERY EUGENIDES

will speak and sign his new novel,
The Marriage Plot
.

Set in the early 1980s and following the lives of three recent college graduates, The Marriage Plot asks: 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?

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. Over the next year, as the members of the triangle enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they learned in school.

Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit and attended Brown and Stanford Universities. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published by FSG 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 (FSG, 2002), which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and France’s Prix Médicis.

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