The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides

Brown University, 1982. Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English student and incurable romantic, is writing her thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot – authors of the great marriage plots. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, in the form of two very different men, intervenes..

Another coming of age novel from Eugenides, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Middlesex (a copy of which is sitting in my bookcase waiting to be read).

The Marriage Plot follows three main characters in a sort-of love story. It is really more about tackling life themes – dealing with mental illness, discovering religion and faith, and finding one’s vocation – than it is about marriage. But as a read it is not as heavy as that all sounds!

Plenty of university life and intellectual reference for those reminiscences, along the lines of, I wish I had studied English rather than Commerce.. Fun fact = Eugenides also studied English at Brown University in the 80s.

“She’d become an English major for the purest and dullest of reasons: because she loved to read.”



GENRE: Literary fiction

PAGES: 406

AWARDS: New York Times Notable Book 2011.


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