"The Marriage Plot" by Jeffrey Eugenides will be the next discussion book in our Spring Book Discussion Series.

In Search of Perfection - 2012 Spring Book Discussion Series

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m.

Jeffrey Eugenides' long-awaited third novel takes place in the early 1980s. It begins at Brown University with Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major. While studying the works of Jane Austen and George Eliot, she ponders whether the theme of the marriage plot still exists in our modern times.

The story takes us from Providence to Cape Cod and winds us through a love triangle between Madeleine, her boyfriend Leonard, and her classmate Mitchell. Eugenides is known for his hearty coming-of-age novels, and this one is no different. It also includes one of the most accurate depictions of mental illness I have encountered in a story.


A New York Times Notable Book of 2011
A Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Book of 2011
A Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Best Fiction of 2011 Title
One of Library Journal's Best Books of 2011
A Salon Best Fiction of 2011 title
One of The Telegraph’s Best Fiction Books of the Year 2011

Library staff members will lead the discussions.

We have copies of the books available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussions.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).