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The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
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Jan 17, 12

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Read from January 10 to 17, 2012

This is pretty damn near flawless as a novel. I haven't read many novels that are been so perfect in the drawing of characters and in the perfect use of every scene to advance the story along. The plot isn't exactly thrilling, but instead we follow these complicated people as they change and grow through harrowing events in a time in their life that is a difficult and frightening one anyway. The book touches on complicated issues such as mental illness and religious belief, but seems to mainly be about the realization that sometimes things are more complicated than we want them to be, and that our lives may not turn out exactly as we had pictured them (and, to some extent, making peace with this realization, though this probably isn't the case for all of the characters). Each of the characters were largely flawed, but in ways that made them sympathetic and realistic; even when they were acting irrationally, it was easy to remember their humanity and want to see them through the predicament. Often times, books that address complicated issues end up being trite, or patronizing to the characters, or else just unrealistic in the way the issues are presented, but this novel didn't fall into any of those traps. This is easily my favorite new novel that I have read in a long, long time.
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Katherine Stewart you have piqued my interest!!

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