The Marriage Plot

A Novel

Jeffrey Eugenides

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A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
 
Named a Best Book of the Year by
The New York Times Book Review • NPR • The New Republic • Salon • The Seattle Times • Houston Chronicle • The Miami Herald • Publisher's Weekly
 
"Remind[s] us with uncommon understanding what it is to be young and idealistic, in pursuit of true love, and in love with books and ideas."—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
"A grand romance in the Austen tradition."—USA Today

Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce?
 
It’s the early 1980s. In American colleges, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to 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. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes---the charismatic and intense Leonard Bankhead, and her old friend the mystically inclined Mitchell Grammaticus. As all three of them face life in the real world they will have to reevaluate everything they have learned. Jeffrey Eugenides creates a new kind of contemporary love story in "his most powerful novel yet" (Newsweek).

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To start with, look at all the books. There were her Edith Wharton novels, arranged not by title but date of publication; there was the complete Modern Library set of Henry James, a gift from her father on her twenty-first birthday; there were the dog-eared paperbacks assigned in her college courses, a lot of Dickens, a smidgen of Trollope, along with good helpings of Austen, George Eliot, and the redoubtable Brontë sisters. There were a whole lot of black-and-white New Directions paperbacks, mostly poetry by people like H.D. or Denise Levertov.

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Jeffrey Eugenides, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Middlesex" and "The Marriage Plot," answers readers' questions about inhabiting his characters, the origins of his new novel, and the one quality every successful writer shares.

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"Eugenides’s ability to reinvent the timeless tale of love and soul-searching is swoon-worthy."---Vanity Fair • "I gorged myself on The Marriage Plot."---Geoff Dyer • "A masterful storyteller."---The Seattle Times • "Audacious and moving."---Time • "Extremely ambitious…surprising, and propulsive."---Chicago Sun-Times • "Deeply humane and elegantly constructed."---NPR • "The finale of The Marriage Plot is unexpected, beautiful, and---Dare we hope?---timeless."---The Cleveland Plain Dealer • "A master of voice."---The Washington Post • "Great serious romantic fun."---Chicago Tribune • "Wry, engaging, and beautifully constructed."---The New York Times Book Review • "A remarkable achievement."---The Independent (London) • "You’ll never want The Marriage Plot to end."---Elle

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Work in Progress » Blog Archive » Jeffrey Eugenides on the Marriage Plot
At BookExpo America, the annual conference for booksellers, librarians and publishers, novelist Jeffrey Eugenides previewed The Marriage Plot, his much anticipated follow-up to Middlesex. (Astute Work in Progress readers may remember his conversation with editor Jonathan Galassi from our debut issue.
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Work in Progress » Blog Archive » How to Read a Novelist
Jeffrey Eugenides by John Freeman For the past fifteen years or so, whenever a novel has been published, John Freeman has been there to greet it. As a critic for over two hundred newspapers worldwide and onetime president of the NBCC, he's reviewed thousands of books and interviewed hundreds of authors.
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Work in Progress » Blog Archive » Editor & Author: Jonathan Galassi and Jeffrey Eugenides
One of the most anticipated new books around the FSG offices (and out in the real world, I daresay) is Jeffrey Eugenides' follow-up to Middlesex.
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THE MARRIAGE PLOT by Jeffrey EugenidesKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE MARRIAGE PLOT . A stunning novel—erudite, compassionate and penetrating in its analysis of love relationships.
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Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit and attended Brown and Stanford Universities. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published by FSG to great acclaim in 1993, and he has received numerous awards for his work. In 2003, Eugenides received the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Middlesex (FSG, 2002), which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and France’s Prix Médicis.

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The Marriage Plot
A Novel
Jeffrey Eugenides

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Indies Choice Book Awards Winner, Library Journal Best Books of the Year

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Trade Paperback
Picador
September 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250014764
ISBN10: 125001476X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 416 pages
$16.00

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Macmillan Audio
October 2011
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427213082
ISBN10: 1427213089
Audio Run Time: 25:00
$39.99

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Macmillan Audio
October 2011
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427213099
ISBN10: 1427213097
Audio Run Time: 25:00
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374203054
ISBN10: 0374203059
6 x 9 inches, 416 pages
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 2011
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ISBN: 9781429969185
ISBN10: 1429969180
416 pages
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