“The Virgin Suicides” was Jeffrey Eugenides’ first novel and is an extraordinary introduction to his world view. It was later adapted into a film where Sofia Coppola made her directorial debut. The American writer is also the author of two other books, “Middlesex” and “The Marriage Plot” as well as several short stories and essays.
Set in early 1970s suburban America, “The Virgin Suicides” is as the title suggests about the suicides of sisters, the impact it has on the community in which they live and the mythology that builds up around their inexplicable actions.
What is the book trying to say about adolescence and why are the sisters seen differently than the rest of the girls in the community?
How would you describe the various relationships and why do you think the suicides were committed?
Did you enjoy this book? How would you rate it?