Jeffrey Eugenides did not disappoint with his follow up to the Pulitzer prize winning Middlesex.
I mean, obviously his latest novel The Marriage Plot is nowhere near as grand or expansive as Middlesex was, in terms of time and place. However, it is just as expertly written, with beautiful prose, stellar insight, and an in-depth colouring of the three or four main characters that come alive in this book. He covers topics from religion to literature, biology to manic depression. Does this man research all his work, or is he just a bloody genius who can write stories that center around almost anything? ?
The Marriage Plot refers to novels of the Victorian era, like Jane Austen and company, where the storylines all focus on a man and woman getting married. In this day and age of divorce, the mariage plot is no longer enough of a catch for readers because even if you marry the wrong person, you can always seperate and re-marry the true love of your life. So, with that in mind, Eugenides asks the question, is there such a thing as a true love story anymore?
With grace, intelligence, and wit, Eugenides has created a new love story for our time.