Speakers Push Air

Read: The Marriage Plot
November 10, 2011, 3:46 am
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You could almost take what I said about Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom and paste it in here, only more so. The Virgin Suicides was an incredible, original debut; Middlesex a genuinely beautiful, brilliant book, one of the greatest things I’ve ever read. Because of those two books, I’ve been impatient for Jeffrey Eugenides to write something new.

The Marriage Plot is a very good book about middle class American relationships, much like Freedom is, but with religion and nods to / rejections of fancy pants literary theory replacing politics and social justice. The characters are sympathetic, the writing effortless, everything in its place. But there’s nothing that blows me away the way Middlesex did.

And so it goes.

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