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The Virgin Suicides

A Novel

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Description

This beautiful and sad first novel, recently adapted for a major motion picture, tells of a band of teenage sleuths who piece together the story of a twenty-year old family tragedy begun by the youngest daughter's spectacular demise by self-defenstration, which inaugurates "the year of the suicides."

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 29, 1993 – Eugenides's tantalizing, macabre first novel begins with a suicide, the first of the five bizarre deaths of the teenage daughters in the Lisbon family; the rest of the work, set in the author's native Michigan in the early 1970s, is a backward-looking quest as the male narrator and his nosy, horny pals describe how they strove to understand the odd clan of this first chapter, which appeared in the Paris Review , where it won the 1991 Aga Khan Prize for fiction. The sensationalism of the subject matter (based loosely on a factual account) may be off-putting to some readers, but Eugenides's voice is so fresh and compelling, his powers of observation so startling and acute, that most will be mesmerized. The title derives from a song by the fictional rock band Cruel Crux, a favorite of the Lisbon daughter Lux--who, unlike her sisters Therese, Mary, Bonnie and Cecilia, is anything but a virgin by the tale's end. Her mother forces Lux to burn the album along with others she considers dangerously provocative. Mr. Lisbon, a mild-mannered high school math teacher, is driven to resign by parents who believe his control of their children may be as deficient as his control of his own brood. Eugenides risks sounding sophomoric in his attempt to convey the immaturity of high-school boys; while initially somewhat discomfiting, the narrator's voice (representing the collective memories of the group) acquires the ring of authenticity. The author is equally convincing when he describes the older locals' reactions to the suicide attempts. Under the narrator's goofy, posturing banter are some hard truths: mortality is a fact of life; teenage girls are more attracted to brawn than to brains (contrary to the testimony of the narrator's male relatives). This is an auspicious debut from an imaginative and talented writer. Literary Guild selection.

Customer Reviews

Unexpected Surprise

This is a well written story outlining not only the struggles of a small suburban neighborhood trudging through a turbulent time in history, but moreover serves to examine the very essence of life itself. A book I never planned on reading has probably become one of the most important books I will ever read.

Boring

I am an avid reader and love to read well written books. This book was pointless, boring and not well written. We are never given enough info about the girls to really care about them. We are also never given enough info about the boys and why they care so much about the girls. This had the potential to be a coming of age story for the boys, but it fell quite short. I only finished the book because I needed to finish it for a book club discussion. I found the writing tedious and too descriptive with too many run-on sentences. I thought we would eventually learn enough to care about the girls or the narrators, but that never happened. To me, this was definitely not worth the time or the cost.

The Virgin Suicides

Creepy and depressing...if you enjoy that, you will love this book!

The Virgin Suicides
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Apr 01, 1993
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 249 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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