The Marriage Plot
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Purchased by me not once, but twice, because I’m an idiot
A few thoughts (because let’s face it, practically everyone is reading this book, so really, who wants another synopsis):
-On my Eugenides scale of 1 to 10, with The Virgin Suicides being a 1 (yes, really, a 1) and Middlesex a 10 (again…yes, really…this is my Eugenides scale, not my all the books I’ve ever read scale), I’d give The Marriage Plot an 8. It’s not quite as sweepingly sagaish as Middlesex, nor does it have as strong of a sense of place (I LOVED Detroit in Middlesex, but Cape Cod was pretty meh in The Marriage Plot, as was Paris (although to be fair, I’m pretty meh about Paris myself)), but it’s still got characters who will confound you and piss you off and make you fall a little bit in love with them (maybe more if they’d wear deodorant).
-The characters are young and fairly immature and they make young and fairly immature decisions. It’s great.
-I will love Eugenides forever for the ending alone.
-There’s something to be said for traveling on the other side of the world and being out of reach. It made me feel all nostalgic for my pre-cell phone European travels. Vacations aren’t quite the same when everyone can still get in touch with you.
-Do you ever read a book all the way through and never realize that one of the main characters shares a name with someone you love? I did…mainly because I never call Hamburger Mitchell (and his name is missing an l), but also because they’re nothing alike. Still, it’s weird to be thinking about the book later and realize that, hello, your favorite character has the same name as the guy you live with.
-Mr. Eugenides, could you pretty please hurry up and write your next book? Because I’m ready to read it, whatever it is (unless it’s a sequel to The Virgin Suicides).