The Virgin Suicides, Paperback Book
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Previously adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola starring Kirsten Dunst, this is the story of the five Lisbon sisters - beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the entire neighbourhood.The boys that once loved them from afar are now grown men, determined to understand a tragedy that has always defied explanation.

For still, the question remains - why did all five of the Lisbon girls take their own lives?This hypnotic and unforgettable novel treats adolescent love and death with haunting sensitivity and dark humour, and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time.


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Jeffrey Eugenides' books are not the easiest to read, combining anecdotal angst from his own background with a sort of modern American mythology, but I seem to be hooked anyway. <i>The Virgin Suicides</i> is probably his most famous title - with 'the film of the book', starring Kirsten Dunst - but also the shortest and the strangest. I don't think I could have handled more pages on the subject!Narrated by a group of teenage boys, looking back as men on the sad demise of a neighbourhood family, the story charts the suicide of one young girl, Cecilia Lisbon, the impact on her family, and then the climactic response of her four sisters. Set once again in Grosse Pointe, although never directly referenced, Eugenides' once again balances the unlikely events of the plot with teenage angst and the very real depiction of despair. I felt sorry for the remaining Lisbon girls, not only for losing a sister, but also for seemingly being punished by their parents for <i>not</i> dying. The crumbling house is a haunting display of the family's grief.A very taut and poignant study of loss and longing, brief but powerful.

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