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The Marriage Plot
JEFFREY EUGENIDES

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
691 reviews (2011) (496p)
Amazon Best Books of 2011: Top 10 Literature & Fiction #3
Amazon Best Books of 2011: Top 100 Editors' Picks #5
Publisher's Weekly Best Books of 2011: Top 10 #1
New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2011 #1
Library Journal Best Books 2011: More of the Best #1
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Finalist #1
Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2011: The Top 25 #1
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NPR: The 10 Best Novels of 2011 - Maureen Corrigan #1

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Book Description

Madeleine Hanna was the dutiful English major who didn't get the memo. While everyone else in the early 1980s was reading Derrida, she was happily absorbed with Jane Austen and George Eliot: purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. Madeleine was the girl who dressed a little too nicely for the taste of her more Bohemian friends, the perfect girlfriend whose college love life, despite her good looks, hadn't lived up to expectations.

But now, in the spring of her senior year, Madeleine has enrolled in a semiotics course "to see what all the fuss is about," and, for reasons that have nothing to do with school, life and literature will never be the same. Not after she falls in love with Leonard Morton—charismatic loner, college Darwinist, and lost Oregon boy—who is possessed of seemingly inexhaustible energy and introduces her to the ecstasies of immediate experience. And certainly not after Mitchell Grammaticus—devotee of Patti Smith and Thomas Merton—resurfaces in her life, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate.

The triangle in this amazing and delicious novel about a generation beginning to grow up is age-old, and completely fresh and surprising. With devastating wit, irony, and an abiding understanding of and love for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides resuscitates the original energies of the novel while creating a story so contemporary that it reads like the intimate journal of our own lives.

The author of two beloved novels, Middlesex (bestselling winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, with more than 3 million copies sold) and the now classic The Virgin Suicides (made into a haunting film by Sofia Coppola), is back—with a brilliant, funny, and heartbreaking novel about the glories and vicissitudes of young love.

 


Other Award Winning Books by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
1685 reviews (2002) (544p) (PP) (NBCCA) (NYTimes) (Amazon)
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The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
408 reviews (1993) (256p) (ALA)
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Jeffrey Eugenides Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 4  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 3  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 1 Middlesex ·  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 Middlesex ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 2 Middlesex · The Marriage Plot ·  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 0  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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