The Virgin Suicides

$1 by TopHat323 in Bolingbrook, Jul 19
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The Virgin Suicides in Naperville

Softcover Good condition...

This is the story of five sisters, the Lisbon girls: Cecilia, Lux, Mary, Bonnie and Therese. Eugenides starts the story by narrating the events that led to the suicide of Cecilia, and the year that follows. As the title suggests, there isn't a single suicide in the book. In fact, all the sisters die, eventually. The group suicide forms the climax of the story, but what I think is amazing about this book is the way the events leading up to the mass suicide are narrated.

After Cecilia commits suicide at the very beginning, the lives of the remaining four sisters are narrated, from the viewpoint of the boys in the neighborhood. The reader sees how things deteriorate, delving into the most intricate fabric that binds this family in their nuclear dysfunction. As one reads through the novel, one thinks that it would be a good idea to just conduct an intervention and save this family from self-destruction. But no, the reader cannot do anything but just continue observing, from the point of view of the narrators.

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