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ISBN13: 9780312428815
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Long before Jeffrey Eugenides gave us the Pulitzer Prize-winning Middlesex, he delivered this dark jewel of a novel. Set in small town America, this study of a broken family of suicidal sisters will shock you. It is so compelling, you will be absolutely hooked. Wonderful!
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First published in 1993, The Virgin Suicides announced the arrival of a major new American novelist. In a quiet suburb of Detroit, the five Lisbon sisters — beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the neighborhood boys — commit suicide one by one over the course of a single year. As the boys observe them from afar, transfixed, they piece together the mystery of the family's fatal melancholy, in this hypnotic and unforgettable novel of adolescent love, disquiet, and death. Jeffrey Eugenides evokes the emotions of youth with haunting sensitivity and dark humor and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time. Adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola, The Virgin Suicides is a modern classic, a lyrical and timeless tale of sex and suicide that transforms and mythologizes suburban middle-American life.

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"Arresting . . . uncannily evokes the wry voice of adolescence and a mixture of curiosity, lust, tenderness, morbidity, cynicism, and the naivete surrounding these bizarre events." The Wall Street Journal

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"A piercing first novel . . . Incantatory prose . . . The narrator's hypnotic voice succeeds in transporting us to that mythic realm where fate, not common sense or psychology, holds sway. By turns lyrical and portentous, ferocious and elegiac, The Virgin Suicides insinuates itself into our minds as a small but powerful opera in the unexpected form of a novel." The New York Times

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"[A] comic and elegiac first novel . . . Eugenides is one of those rare writers who can manage sympathy and detachment simultaneously — and work small wonders with words while he's at it. As The Virgin Suicides puts its heroines through hell, its readers, weirdly enough, will be delighted." Newsweek

Review:

"[A]n auspicious debut from an imaginative and talented writer." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Juxtaposing the most common and the most gothic, the humorous and the tragic, Jeffrey Eugenides creates a vivid and compelling portrait of youth and lost innocence. He takes us back to the elm-lined streets of suburbia in the seventies, and introduces us to the men whose lives have been forever changed by their fierce, awkward obsession with five doomed sisters: brainy Therese, fastidious Mary, ascetic Bonnie, libertine Lux, and pale, saintly Cecilia, whose spectacular demise inaugurates "the year of the suicides." This is the debut novel that caused a sensation and won immediate acclaim from the critics — a tender, wickedly funny tale of love and terror, sex and suicide, memory and imagination.

Synopsis:

Jeffrey Eugenides evokes the emotions of youth with haunting sensitivity and dark humor and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time.

About the Author

Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit and attended Brown and Stanford universities. The Virgin Suicides was published in 1993 and was adapted into a motion picture in 1999 by Sophia Coppola. His second novel, Middlesex won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. He joined the faculty of Princeton University in the fall of 2007.

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misterlady, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by misterlady)
heartbreaking and sad but uplifting at the smallest moments
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WisdomSeeker, October 3, 2011 (view all comments by WisdomSeeker)
(NOTE: These are my OWN Comments, and thus I have my own Permission to write the following): This is Eugenides’ (Debut), and the second Novel, I'm Reading. It was with shock, I was initially confronted with the following Impressions, and “WARNING to myself” I Wrote on the Book’s blank page. This could apply to anyone: 09/2/11-WARNING 2 READER: About this Novel--unlike Eugenides' second Novel "Middlesex," which was unbelievably great, and difficult to put down--This is an EXTREMELY DARK NOVEL, containing numerous iterations on Suicide, in all its Raw Vividness, Highly descriptive, and Explicit style. THIS ONE SHOULD NOT be READ, IF ONE SUFFERS from “MAJOR CLINICAL DEPRESSION;” is under A GREAT DEAL of STRESS; IS on a “DEPRESSIVE” CYCLE, of "MANIC DEPRESSIVE SYNDROME;” OR is in the THROES of a “NERVOUS BREAKDOWN.” If the Reader Suffers from other forms of Brain Disorders, that may lead to SUICIDAL IDEATIONS, this Book is NOT RECOMMENDED, (unless, and until the Patient's Health has been Stabilized). In spite of all the Praise this, Eugenides' Debut Novel has received--even I, who do NOT Believe in Suicide--finding myself in a highly Stressful time, could NOT go past pg. 22, and had to temporarily put the book away. (Once my own Circumstances did Stabilize, I returned to the Novel, and am now but a couple of Chapters from its conclusion).Nonetheless, this is NOT a Novel to be “feeble-hearted!” You've been warned!
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anitaballerina, March 27, 2010 (view all comments by anitaballerina)
Beautiful, captivating, sad, interesting. All of these words describe this book. I saw the movie and promptly got the book. The book is so good. The movie follows it right down the line.
This is such a beautiful read to be there with these girls and boys and to see what the boys saw was truly a wonderful experience.
The imagery and writing of this book are so extraordinary! I have recomended this book to everyone I know.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312428815
Author:
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Coming of age
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
FIC043000
Subject:
Suburban life
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Literature-Coming of Age
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.27 x 5.5 x 0.705 in
Age Level:
Literature-Coming of Age

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Long before Jeffrey Eugenides gave us the Pulitzer Prize-winning Middlesex, he delivered this dark jewel of a novel. Set in small town America, this study of a broken family of suicidal sisters will shock you. It is so compelling, you will be absolutely hooked. Wonderful!

"Review" by , "Arresting . . . uncannily evokes the wry voice of adolescence and a mixture of curiosity, lust, tenderness, morbidity, cynicism, and the naivete surrounding these bizarre events."
"Review" by , "A piercing first novel . . . Incantatory prose . . . The narrator's hypnotic voice succeeds in transporting us to that mythic realm where fate, not common sense or psychology, holds sway. By turns lyrical and portentous, ferocious and elegiac, The Virgin Suicides insinuates itself into our minds as a small but powerful opera in the unexpected form of a novel."
"Review" by , "[A] comic and elegiac first novel . . . Eugenides is one of those rare writers who can manage sympathy and detachment simultaneously — and work small wonders with words while he's at it. As The Virgin Suicides puts its heroines through hell, its readers, weirdly enough, will be delighted."
"Review" by , "[A]n auspicious debut from an imaginative and talented writer."
"Synopsis" by , Juxtaposing the most common and the most gothic, the humorous and the tragic, Jeffrey Eugenides creates a vivid and compelling portrait of youth and lost innocence. He takes us back to the elm-lined streets of suburbia in the seventies, and introduces us to the men whose lives have been forever changed by their fierce, awkward obsession with five doomed sisters: brainy Therese, fastidious Mary, ascetic Bonnie, libertine Lux, and pale, saintly Cecilia, whose spectacular demise inaugurates "the year of the suicides." This is the debut novel that caused a sensation and won immediate acclaim from the critics — a tender, wickedly funny tale of love and terror, sex and suicide, memory and imagination.
"Synopsis" by , Jeffrey Eugenides evokes the emotions of youth with haunting sensitivity and dark humor and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time.
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