The Virgin Suicides: A Novel

The Virgin Suicides: A Novel

Paperback | April 27, 2009

byJeffrey Eugenides

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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.

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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, t...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:April 27, 2009Publisher:PicadorLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312428812

ISBN - 13:9780312428815

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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.