When we saw that THE MARRIAGE PLOT received three starred pre-pub reviews, no one gasped, double-took, or spit their coffee out on their corporate casuals. We saw it coming.
Here's a quick look at what's to come in this brilliant novel:
It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to the Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels, when real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes. (Get ready to puff paint Team Mitchell or Team Leonard on a t-shirt!)
"Eugenides's first novel since 2002's Pulitzer Prize–winning MIDDLESEX so impressively, ambitiously breaks the mold of its predecessor that it calls for the founding of a new prize to recognize its success both as a novel--and as a Jeffrey Eugenides novel." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Dazzling work—Eugenides continues to show that he is one of the finest of contemporary novelists." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"With this tightly, immaculately self-contained tale set upon pillars at once imposing and of dollhouse scale, namely, academia [...] Eugenides realizes the novel whose dismantling his characters examine." -Booklist (starred review)
THE MARRIAGE PLOT will be available on 10/11/2011 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.