The Marriage Plot
by Jeffrey Eugenides
Nothing creates romantic tension like a love triangle ending in the satisfying resolution of marriage – the inevitable and necessary ‘happily ever after’ of all the classic 19th-Century romances. But Pulitzer-prize-winner Eugenides’ clever third novel is a funny, heartfelt look at what happens when a marriage isn’t the only definition of love, and how that impacts modern romance stories. Intelligent and wry, the story follows three seniors at Brown University in the Eighties – the ‘incurable romantic’ Madeleine, the brilliant but unstable Leonard, and the stolidly dependable Mitchell – as they graduate from college and move into adulthood. Beautifully crafted and filled with bittersweet humour and portent, reading The Marriage Plot feels as indulgent as tucking into a box of gourmet chocolates – an intellectual and emotional treat that you’ll wish would never end.