The Mar­riage Plot

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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.

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