I'm sure this book is brilliant, but it really did feel like a slog. It seemed to take a while to get going, the whole time making assumptions about some sort of archetypical college, and post-college experience. By the time the plot did start to move, I no longer cared much for the characters. I'll revisit this book in few months or a year in hopes to become enraptured by Eugenides' lyricism and style. At first read, the clunky plot was too much in the way to for me to enjoy the author's virtuoso performance.