BookBrowse Reviews The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

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The Marriage Plot

A Novel

by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Marriage Plot
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2011, 416 pages
    Paperback:
    Sep 2012, 464 pages

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Elizabeth Whitmore Funk

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19th century classics influence a 1980s romance at Brown

I knew I would fall in love with The Marriage Plot upon reading the first few lines that portray Madeleine Hanna's tidy bookshelves, which feature Henry James, George Eliot, and Elizabeth Gaskell. Thoughts of immediately penning a six-word review ran through my mind: "Love it, love it, love it." Madeleine, with her thick novels and romantic tendencies, felt like a recreation of me in college, and as I continued to read, I realized that, not only has Jeffrey Eugenides built a world that is personal and collegiate, he has also created a bibliophile's dream. I will shelve it next to familial American narratives like Jonathan Franzen's Freedom and varsity tales like Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons.

The novel is both about an English major and written for English majors. So much so that readers without at least a little sense of Victorian authors and literary theory are likely to be ...

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Listen to (and read excerpts from) the in-depth interview with Jeffrey Eugenides in which he talks about The Marriage Plot with NPR's Terry Gross.

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