The Marriage Plot

The Marriage Plot Jeffrey Eugenides 2011
24 19 5 7.9/10 PAPERBACK FICTION English 416 Farrar, Straus and Giroux 0374203059 9780374203054

It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, 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.

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Publisher's Weekly Anonymous

Impressively, ambitiously breaks the mold of its predecessor

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Boston Review Leland de la Durantaye

It makes for a good story, and a still better ending.

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Detroit Free Press Anna Clark

The novel's humor disarms the reader, opening us to a serious accounting of the troubled human search for love and truth.

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Portland Oregonian Jeff Baker

It is more fun to read and ends beautifully and exactly when you want it to

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The Miami Herald Connie Ogle

Eugenides infuses his prose with intelligence, humor and the happy knowledge that there’s a reason readers return to familiar stories so often...

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LA Times Carolyn Kellogg

This book is sweeter, kinder, with a more generous heart.

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