Lisa Says… Read This Book by Jeffrey Eugenides

By Lisa Hamilton

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Marriage Plot
by Jeffrey Eugenides
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I decided to read The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides, because I loved his former novels The Virgin Suicides and the Pulitzer Prize winning Middlesex. This book is unlike the previous ones but definitely a winner for people who love to read.

The three protagonists are seniors at Brown University in the ’80s; the country is in a recession, and life for those entering the real world may be harder than ever before. Madeline, an English major, is writing her thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot. She is a beautiful intellectual that believes books and ideas will answer the questions of how to live her life and how to seek true love. Mitchell, religious studies major from the Midwest, begins a journey around the world to get Madeline out of his mind as he tries to find the meaning of life while questioning the existence of God. Leonard, a manic, exotic, charismatic loner from the Pacific Northwest completes the love triangle as the three take their steps to adulthood.

This novel is lengthy, but well worth the time. The literary references throughout the book are astounding and fulfilling as we ask – are the old better than the new?

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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