The Marriage Plot (Paperback)

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In this follow up to Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides brings us the story of Madeleine and two very different guys she meets in college. She moves to Cape Cod with Leonard whose erratic moods make life a rollercoaster while Mitchell travels the world to try to get over Madeleine as he studies Christian mysticism. As an English major, Madeleine has ideal literary love as a backdrop for the deconstructed and unrequited love in her life. Is marriage for reasons other than love still as viable an option in the 1980s as it was in the time of Jane Austen and Henry James? Eugenides treats us to a humorous and thoughtful examination of love, college relationships and adjusting from academia to real life.

— Sydne, Atlanta

November 2011 Indie Next List

“Have all the great love stories already been written? What relevance do Jane Austen or George Eliot have for today's woman? In the 1980s, Madeline is wrestling with these questions both for her college thesis and as a woman fielding the attentions of two young men. Leonard is charismatic, flawed, and tragic, so Madeline is, of course, drawn to him; Mitchell is a seeker who is trying to figure out how he fits into the general scheme of the universe, and he is totally smitten by Madeline. Eugenides has brilliantly succeeded in writing a new love story for our times!”
— Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR

Product Details
ISBN: 9780007441303
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Publication Date: April 1st, 2012