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The Virgin Suicides

By: Jeffrey Eugenides
Narrated by: Nick Landrum
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Publisher's Summary

This nationally best-selling novel from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides was adapted into an acclaimed film by Academy Award-winner Sofia Coppola. A haunting yet wickedly funny tale, The Virgin Suicides has captivated countless readers with its intoxicating portrait of lost innocence. A brilliant fusion of dark humor and tragedy, it is an atmospheric, allegorical masterpiece about five oppressed, suicidal sisters and the boys who dream of rescuing them.
©1993 Jeffrey Eugenides (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC.

Critic Reviews

"Eugenides' voice is so fresh and compelling, his powers of observation so startling and acute, that most will be mesmerized....This is an auspicious debut from an imaginative and talented writer." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A finely crafted work of literary if slightly macabre imagination....A black, glittering novel that won't be to everyone's taste but must be tried by readers looking for something different." ( Library Journal)
"Mr. 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)

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Outstanding narration that set the tone for a magnificent book

Wow what a read. Had I not known it was fiction, I would’ve sworn it was a true story. It’s been a long time since I have read a great piece of writing. Tragic in content, brilliantly bought to life by the narrator. A crucial read if only to get a feeling of what it is like for those left to live with the sadness, grief, guilt, and the unknown that youth suicide leaves in its wake.

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What a slog

I don't know why this was lauded so much. I struggled through, thinking "it was a highly awarded book! Surely it will be better soon!"

Spoiler alert, it was never better.

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Different story line

An intriguing story. I found too much waffle about other things other than the sisters story line

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Masterpiece

Highly disturbing but worth it! Amazing writing, it will haunt me forever. I can't get over the sheer torture of these poor girls. So brutal and so tragic.

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