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Jeffrey Eugenides returns with The Marriage Plot

Nine years after Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides is back with a book called The Marriage Plot. The WSJ carried an interview with the author last week and he revealed how he had recently appeared in court. Apparently, Middlesex sold three million copies and The Virgin Suicides was hardly a flop. (PS – we have a few signed copies of The Marriage Plot.)

The Marriage Plot is a college love story that’s tightly focused on three characters: a beautiful, bookish brunette named Madeleine Hanna and her two suitors—brilliant, manic-depressive Leonard Bankhead and the spiritually inclined, erudite and slightly snooty Mitchell Grammaticus. It’s Mr. Eugenides’s most hyper-realistic, and autobiographical, book to date. Like Mitchell, he’s a Greek American from Detroit who attended Brown in the late 1970s and early ’80s, where he studied literature, religion and semiotics. Mr. Eugenides also drew on his own spiritual experimentation—he’s tried everything from Zen Buddhism to Catholicism—and his travels to Europe and India, where he volunteered with Mother Teresa. He revised the chapter about Mitchell’s experiences in Calcutta about 20 times, cutting some 50 pages.

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