The Virgin Suicides: A Novel by Jeffrey EugenidesThe Virgin Suicides: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Virgin Suicides: A Novel

byJeffrey Eugenides

Paperback | April 27, 2009

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First published in 1993, The Virgin Suicides announced the arrival of a major new American novelist. In a quiet suburb of Detroit, the five Lisbon sisters--beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the neighborhood boys--commit suicide one by one over the course of a single year. As the boys observe them from afar, transfixed, they piece together the mystery of the family's fatal melancholy, in this hypnotic and unforgettable novel of adolescent love, disquiet, and death. Jeffrey Eugenides evokes the emotions of youth with haunting sensitivity and dark humor and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time. Adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola, The Virgin Suicides is a modern classic, a lyrical and timeless tale of sex and suicide that transforms and mythologizes suburban middle-American life.

JEFFREY EUGENIDES was born in Detroit and attended Brown and Stanford universities. The Virgin Suicides was published in 1993 and was adapted into a motion picture in 1999 by Sophia Coppola. His second novel, Middlesex, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. He joined the faculty of Princeton University in the fall of 2007.
Title:The Virgin Suicides: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.7 inShipping dimensions:8.2 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:April 27, 2009Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0312428812

ISBN - 13:9780312428815


Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides I simply didn't get this book. I was so desperate to find hidden meaning in it, but there was nothing. Why waste so much paper and ink on something so overtly pretentious and so utterly meaningless? A group of oppressed sisters kill themselves after flirting with the neighborhood boys. How horrible that it happened in the middle of suburban America, where white picket fences are supposed to render such neighborhoods impermeable to tragic teenage death. In the end, all I got from this book was the fact that the girls were peculiar (and hello! at least one was not a virgin when she committed suicide), the boys were immature, the girls' parents were psychotic. Okay, sure, I get that there may have been metaphors and themes about the hypocrisy of middle America, oppressive religion, etc. etc
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great A short read that really packs a punch. It was sad reading about how the mom ultimately led the girls to committing suicide when she was trying to protect them from it too. There were whole pages about insects and I really felt like it was unnecessary.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Not your average young-adult fiction. The point of view of the story is interesting and the plot is bewitching. A real page turner!
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner! Jeffrey Eugenides earlier work. I love it!
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from disappointing The five Lisbon girls live in suburbia Detroit in the seventies. The book is narrated by the group of boys interested in these girls and what occurred. What occurred is that each of the girls committed suicide. The boys go back and try to discover what happened to allow such a tragedy. The author writes only little snippets of what happened. The boys seem more like stalkers than in sleuths trying to find out why. The parents while portrayed as being very strict don't seem strict at all but just cautious. I found this read very unsatisfying as nothing is resolved. It is left to the reader and personally was 'beyond' me. It appears to me that the author was very interested in writing the first part of the book and then lost his way or couldn't really figure out the ending either.
Date published: 2010-05-09

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Arresting . . . uncannily evokes the wry voice of adolescence and a mixture of curiosity, lust, tenderness, morbidity, cynicism, and the naïveté surrounding these bizarre events.