Sometimes being a reader can be hard, when you fall for an author who, unlike James Patterson, doesn’t seem to publish something new every month. From the moment you finish that final page, it’s an agonizing wait until you open the covers of something new from your favorite wordsmith.
Fans of Detroit author Jeffrey Eugenides had to wait nine years between his first novel, The Virgin Suicides, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Middlesex. Another nine years later, his third novel has given desperate readers 406 pages of contentment and satisfaction.
The Marriage Plot originated as a story Eugenides used to ‘cheat’ on a draft of Middlesex, sneaking away from his Greek-American epic to dally with college student Madeleine and her love triangle. Madeleine is the object of obsession for Mitchell, a religious studies major searching for himself and his Savior, but her affections lie at the feet of Leonard, a brilliant but manic depressive young man.
Underneath the interpersonal drama, Eugenides is also working out a larger literary conundrum. With the dissolution of marriage as a permanent institution, as the be all and end all of a heroine’s fate, the novel lost it’s greatest ally. As romance, as well as literary criticism, becomes cynical and post-modern, is there room for a great love story in this century?
Tonight at 7 pm, Eugenides will read from, discuss, and sign his novel at BookPeople. Don’t miss this chance to meet this bestselling author, and cross your fingers you won’t need to wait another decade for his next novel.