The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides

by Jeffrey Eugenides
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Overview

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

This beautiful and sad first novel, recently adapted for a major motion picture, tells of a band of teenage sleuths who piece together the story of a twenty-year old family tragedy begun by the youngest daughter's spectacular demise by self-defenstration, which inaugurates "the year of the suicides."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429960441
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 04/01/1993
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 249
Sales rank: 54,210
File size: 334 KB

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.


Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit and attended Brown and Stanford Universities. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published by FSG to great acclaim in 1993, and he has received numerous awards for his work. In 2003, he received the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Middlesex (FSG, 2002), which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and France’s Prix Médicis. The Marriage Plot (FSG, 2011) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and won both the Prix Fitzgerald and the Madame Figaro Literary Prize. His collection of short stories, Fresh Complaint, is from FSG (2017). Eugenides is a professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton.

Hometown:

Princeton, NJ

Date of Birth:

March 8, 1960

Place of Birth:

Detroit, Michigan

Education:

B.A. in English, Brown University, 1983; M.A. in creative writing/English, Stanford University, 1986

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The Virgin Suicides 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 285 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. I love the story and the sisters are beautifully written. Always read the book before watching a movie. Definitely a rule to live by.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wonderful book, writing well done but i dont think its for people who just want to read with out mutch thought. alot like Middlesex
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I say first, Eugenides is a great storyteller. Well written, draws you in, descriptive. But this is not a great story. These boys aren't realistic, holding hands, fretting about the neighbor girls, stealing their stuff (makeup? Shoes?) to idolize it. Weird boys worshipping weirder girls for no apparent reason other than they have to to make the book go. Nothing gets resolved but luckily there wasnt a big mystery to begin with so i didnt care. I felt depressed by the end--i'm not looking for happy endings when i read, but also not looking for anticlimactic absence of caring. I'd read another book from him, but their stoylines seem like real downers too, so no thanks.
scarlett77 More than 1 year ago
I just finished this and enjoyed it very much. Character development was outstanding. I found myself wanting to read it at every possible moment as tension was skillfully applied by the author. This may be one that I will re-read. Excellent...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read. It doesn't offer a real explanation, but some of us "just get it". The Libson girls are brilliantly portrayed, and the confusion revolving around their acts is what you might expect from anyone. The nameless narrator give you a look into his home town and the girls down the street, while never really understanding why, they did what they did, though you can certainly speculate. It's a wonderful book that deals with uncomfortable subject matter. I have suggested it many many times, and likely will again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book of ALL TIME. I recommend this to anyone who loves the 70's, teenage voice, or depression type books. Beautifully written, I am shocked that it is not a required high school read. I read this when I turned 16, I am 17 now. It spoke to my soul and is the reason I didn't commit suicide myself. Please read this..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my god. Wow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Age-17 SINGLE Nice Funny Kind Likes to stand up for what he belives in Loves halo five campaign Loves football Blu eyes Blonde curly hair Also loves nascar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name Allison Age 17 Hair blak emo style Eyes-ink blue Personality-suici.dal vir.gin ironically Crush:Nick byard Boyfriend:Soon to be Nick Byard Friends: NONE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*flashes a big smile and sits next to Terra* "Hey!!!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in and sits down sipping coke
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I don't know why,but at times poor spelling can really strike a nerve with me!!Don't get me wrong,it's not like l would make the greatest contestant in a spelling bee by far.I make my share of mistakes.A pet peeve l guess.
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I definitely expected more of this book. The writing pace was slow and the story didn't fold out well for me. I was not at all impressed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy liked the movie and want to read this book to go along with it. So this story is mainly about 5 libon girls who very rarely see boys. One night at a party the youngest kills herself. In wich that starts the suicides. Throughout the story the mom and dad starts keeping the girls away from boys. Now that one lisbon girl has missed her curfew both parents go on extreme lock down. Now the girls will do anything to satify their hunger for love and boys. One night the neihbor hood boys get a signal to come over to the girls house only to be at a suicide scene. This book is good but the movie is better. If you like a good sad book i recomend this one. Please all if you would enjoy and i give a five star. For gooddetails well out story lines and a good book i just could not put down. I will read more by this author and i hope somthing happens to where a secule will be at hand. Please all readers enjoy and be careful. You will not be able to let go of all that you read. I still cant let it go. I love love love love this book.
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Such a wonderful book! I couldn't put it down. I'd recommend this book to anyone, and I am definitely buying more from this author.
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