Belletrist and The Paris Review present Jeffrey Eugenides, in conversation with Paris Review Editor Emily Nemens, discussing and signing The Virgin Suicides (25th Anniversary Edition)
The National Bestseller from the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Middlesex and The Marriage Plot.
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. (Picador USA)
“The novel somehow feels like youth itself, a collection of overheated memories. Eugenides creates an ideal of teenage life that never existed — that we, the readers, never knew, but that we all still fervently believe once happened. And then he takes it all away. Even now, 25 years after the book was published and about 40 years after it was set, we still subscribe to the The Virgin Suicides’ simulacrum of teenhood as quintessential.”
—Hillary Kelly, Vulture.com
Due to a scheduling conflict, Emma Roberts can no longer attend this event.