The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published on: October 11, 2011
Page Count: 416
Genre: Literary Fiction
My Reading Format: Personal copy, hardcover
Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Note: There may be spoilers in the comments section as this post will serve to allow those who participated in the readalong to post their final thoughts about the book.
I like to think of The Marriage Plot as Jeffrey Eugenides 40th birthday present to me. Don’t roll your eyes! I celebrated my 40th birthday during a Bahamas getaway – the gift from my husband and my best friend, not Jeffrey Eugenides – and the book arrived the day I got back. There’s no way that could have been mere coincidence. And then, there’s the billboard:
You know you can’t just make this shit up.
In a year of some really great books, The Marriage Plot came out on top. It started out at a steady pace in the first section. From that point on, I couldn’t stand to be away from it for long. What I planned on reading over a three week period ended up finished in less than three days. Although they are two completely different novels, I can remember where I was and how I felt when I finished both The Marriage Plot and Middlesex. They both gave me pause and I’m thankful that I was in a quiet, contemplative place at the end.
Imported from Michigan, Jeffrey Eugenides is one of my favorite contemporary authors. After reading his books I am thankful to be living right here and now.
I organized a readalong to discuss this book during November. We had some great discussion during Week One and Week Two of an intended three week series. Unfortunately, life intervened and I never was able to host the last week. I would like for anyone who participated in the readalong and is still interested to share their thoughts on the ending here. I hope you loved the ending and the book as a whole as much as I did.