October Meetup—The Marriage Plot

The Marriage Plot

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. Leonard Bankhead - charismatic loner and college Darwinist - suddenly turns up in a 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 mate.

Over the next year, as the members of the triangle in this spellbinding novel graduate from college and enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they have learned. 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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  • Ash B

    May be late, but I plan to be there!

    October 28, 2013

  • Christina F.

    I can't make it. I went for a hike with a friend and we got a little lost. Badly marked trail. We found our way but I will never get home and get cleaned up in time. I was looking forward to it too!

    October 28, 2013

  • Svetlana S.

    I'm coming as well.

    October 28, 2013

  • Garden G.

    I'll be there!

    October 28, 2013

  • Karen

    I actually just realized I can make this but I didn't read the book :( Can I come just to hang?

    October 27, 2013

    • Lucy

      Sure! As long as you don't mind spoilers :)

      October 28, 2013

  • Brian

    I'm only halfway through, so I don't want to go and only talk about the first half. I feel bad for Bankhead.

    October 28, 2013

  • Risa

    When will we know if we are off the wait list?

    October 23, 2013

    • Lucy

      Anyone on the RSVP list or the waitlist is welcome to attend! Hope to see you Monday.

      2 · October 25, 2013

  • Lisa

    Looking forward to my first meet up. See you Monday night :)

    1 · October 23, 2013

  • Mary S.

    Look forward to meeting all there.

    1 · October 23, 2013

  • crystal m.

    Looking.forward to my first meet up with everyone i justed fiished the book last night

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • Svetlana S.

    Definitely in. See you then

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • Svetlana S.

    Really hope I can be part of this meet up. Had such a good night last month. Can't believe I forgot to RSVP, ugh.

    1 · October 8, 2013

    • Lucy

      Svetlana, you are welcome to attend this meetup even if you are on the waitlist. Hope to see you next week!

      1 · October 21, 2013

  • Erin A

    Excited for my first meetup!!!

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • malik

    i am hoping to attend this one

    1 · September 26, 2013

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