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The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Yes, we are in fact re doing this book! It was selected overwhelmingly and it is definitely worth the re read!

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.

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  • Irene V

    Hi all, just found out there is a reading by the author we are now reading: Jeffrey Eugenides. It will be at Stanford on Monday Feb 25. See details below!

    A Reading by Jeffrey Eugenides

    Jeffrey Eugenides' 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. His most recent novel, The Marriage Plot (FSG, 2011) was a #1 national bestseller and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

    When:
    Monday, February 25, 2013. 8:00 PM.
    Where:
    Cemex Auditorium, Zambrano Hall, Knight Management Center (Map)
    Admission:
    Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

    Permalink:
    http://events.stanford.edu/events/335/33547

    1 · January 31, 2013

    • heather p.

      Definitely, people should attend this if they can get to Stanford that evening!

      1 · January 31, 2013

    • Wanda

      I am considering driving to the reading by Jeffrey Eugenides. Anyone interested in riding along?

      1 · February 19, 2013

  • heather p.

    Sitting in the back but already, with the book on the table, in case anyone arrives early!

    February 13, 2013

  • Kaye F.

    I think I'll join the group for next month's meeting.

    February 12, 2013

  • Sarah

    Sadly I have last minute work travel

    February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    have to work late :(

    February 12, 2013

  • Allison H.

    I'm new and nervous, but excited! :)

    January 28, 2013

    • Wanda

      Don't be nervous. We are a very relaxed group!

      February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just joined and won't have read the book. I'll be sure to be on the lookout for the next one. Meet you all then.

    February 11, 2013

  • Allison H.

    I don't think I'll have the book done in time, so I'm going to pass, but I'll be at the next one!

    February 11, 2013

  • Sana

    Class Wednesday evenings

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My trip was cancelled so I can attend!

    January 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    don't think i'll have time to read it since haven't gotten it yet ! try to make next one

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just picked this book up from the library, perfect timing!

    January 8, 2013

  • leanne

    Afraid I won't make this one, I have friends in town

    January 8, 2013

  • Wendy B.

    Great - I've been meaning to read this. It will be a wonderful first time for me with the group.

    January 8, 2013

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