Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, & divorce? It's the early 1980s. In American colleges, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida & listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen & George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life intervenes. Jeffrey Eugenides creates a new kind of contemporary love story in "his most powerful novel yet" (Newsweek).
“Deeply humane and elegantly constructed.” (NPR)
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