The Virgin Suicides

Publisher: Vintage Canada
First published in 1993, The Virgin Suicides announced the arrival of a major new American novelist. In a quiet suburb of Detroit, the five Lisbon sisters—beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the neighborhood boys—commit suicide one by one over the course of a single year. As the boys observe them from afar, transfixed, they piece together the mystery of the family’s fatal melancholy, in this hypnotic and unforgettable novel of adolescent love, disquiet, and death. Jeffrey Eugenides evokes the emotions of youth with haunting sensitivity and dark humor and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time. Adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola, The Virgin Suicides is a modern classic, a lyrical and timeless tale of sex and suicide that transforms and mythologizes suburban middle-American life.

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On the morning the last Lisbon daughter took her turn at suicide— it was Mary this time, and sleeping pills, like Therese— the two paramedics arrived at the house knowing exactly where the knife drawer was, and the gas oven, and the beam in the basement from which it was possible to tie a rope. They got out of...
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“Eugenides is blessed with the storyteller’s most magical gift, the ability to transform the mundane into the extraordinary.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“Compelling . . . funny, poignant.”
The Miami Herald
 
“The beginning of a major career.”
Entertainment Weekly
 
“Haunting . . . leaves a profound, indelible impression.”
Harper’s Bazaar
 
“Eugenides weaves a sinuous spell. . . . Intoxicating.”
Esquire
 
“Extraordinary.”
Mademoiselle