Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (21) The Marriage Plot


 
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks "tapping my foot while waiting" selection is:

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Published by Harper Collins
Publication Date: October 2011

Covers...


Which cover do you like?

My favourite is the right-hand side one the cover is far brighter, however the left-hand side one really does capture the story and time period of the story!  So I may need you to convince me!

About the Book

“There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel.” Anthony Trollope

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. Leonard Bankhead – charismatic loner and college Darwinist – suddenly turns up in a seminar, and soon Madeleine finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with him. At the same time, her old friend Mitchell Grammaticus – who’s been reading Christian mysticism and generally acting strange – resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate.

Over the next year, as the members of the triangle in this spellbinding novel graduate from college and enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they have learned. Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology laboratory on Cape Cod, but can’t escape the secret responsible for Leonard’s seemingly inexhaustible energy and plunging moods. And Mitchell, traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind, finds himself face-to-face with ultimate questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love. 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?

With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides revives the motivating energies of the novel, while creating a story so contemporary and fresh that it reads like the intimate journal of our own lives.

About the Author


Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1960, the third son of an American-born father whose Greek parents immigrated from Asia Minor and an American mother of Anglo-Irish descent. Eugenides was educated at public and private schools, graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, and received an MA in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University in 1986. Two years later, in 1988, he published his first short story.

His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Best American Short Stories, The Gettysburg Review and Granta's 'Best of Young American Novelists'. His first novel, "The Virgin Suicides", was published in 1993, and has since been translated into fifteen languages and made into a major motion picture. His second novel, "Middlesex", won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2003.

Eugenides is the recipient of many awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and The National Foundation for the Arts, a Whiting Writers' Award, and the Harold D. Vursell Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. In the past few years he has been a Fellow of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm of the DAAD and of the American Academy in Berlin.

Jeffrey Eugenides lives in Berlin with his wife and daughter.

So what are you waiting for?


5 comments:

terri-maree said...

I adore Jeffrey Eugenides and cannot wait to read his latest offering! Great review Kelly!

Giselle said...

This sounds pretty good! I think I like the red cover better.

Giselle
Xpresso Reads

nomadreader said...

I pre-ordered this one for my Kindle and cannot wait to read it!

Jill said...

Me too, me too! I've only seen the cover on the left...

top voted sites, Decking Ipe website said...

Beautiful tale of the wonder and the horror of being anew graduate, knowing everything and knowing nothing. It brought back memories-beautiful and painful.

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