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The Marriage Plot (Large Print) by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Marriage Plot (Large Print)

John Harris, January 1, 2012

Some books stretch us to imagine lives we might never live, but this one led me to relive various parts of my life: growing up on the east side of Providence, coping with parents post college, and, more than anything, navigating the pining and passion of love affairs in and beyond college. Eugenides reworks the traditional marriage plot of the 19th century novel and revitalizes the age old question: will they get married? But this is far evolved beyond Austen or even Hardy. Here we have Brown graduates in a profoundly dysfunctional love triangle. Although I didn't go through quite so much sturm and drang in my fist love affairs there is enough humanity in these characters to make me love them while I mumbled my disgust with them under my breath. To top it all off each of the three main characters are juggling commitments to various theologies and post modern philosophies that they tasted in college. A Great big slice of life. MMM. Look out Franzen.
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Freedom: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen
Freedom: A Novel

John Harris, January 1, 2011

Never again will you love such a cast of despicable people. Patty Berglund's journal is both funny and desperately sad. Frazen may hate to write novels but I love to read them.
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