First let me say that I did not care for Middlesex at all. And yes, I’m aware that that novel won Mr. Eugenides the Pulitzer Prize and most of America adores it…. but I still didn’t care for it. It wasn’t for me. What can I say? I’m totally weird.
So, I was hesitant to buy his newest book, The Marriage Plot, which is Eugenides’ first novel since writing Middlesex almost ten years ago. I’ll admit I definitely wasn’t even going to give it a chance. I was on too much of a roll with Diane Chamberlain. Why break the streak? Buuuuuut….I had this Amazon gift card that was burning a hole in my virtual wallet. So I took a chance! I did.
And I’m totally not finished with it yet (I’m 70% through), but I love it! I really do. The book is about the lives of three post-college students in the early 80’s and about them trying to find their way in the world after graduating from an Ivy League school. The title “The Marriage Plot” is a reference to the theory that all great works of Victorian literature were centered around the theme of marriage and now, with the rise of divorce, feminism and sexual freedom the novel is dead. Reading this book took me right back to my literary criticism class junior year (fondly referred to as “lit crit”) and made me remember why I love reading so much to begin with.
Moral of the story? Even if you hated Middlesex, read this book. Or, if you absolutely loved Middlesex you’ll probably love this, too. You can’t go wrong!