The Marriage Plot

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The Marriage Plot
The Marriage Plot (Jeffrey Eugenides novel) cover art.jpg
Author Jeffrey Eugenides
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)

The Marriage Plot is a 2011 novel by American writer Jeffrey Eugenides.


The story concerns three college friends from Brown University—Madeleine, Leonard, and Mitchell—beginning in their senior year, 1982, and follows them during their first year post-graduation.[1]


The novel was well received by critics. William Deresiewicz wrote, "'The Marriage Plot' is a new departure...intimate in tone and scale.... It’s about what Eugenides’s books are always about, no matter how they differ: the drama of coming of age.... It possesses the texture and pain of lived experience."[2] Carlin Romano called it "the most entertaining campus novel since Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons."[3]

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ Eugenides, Jeffrey. The Marriage Plot. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011. ISBN 978-0-374-20305-4 WorldCat
  2. ^ William Deresiewicz, "Jeffrey Eugenides on Liberal Arts Graduates in Love," The New York Times Book Review, October 16, 2011.
  3. ^ Carlin Romano, "A Campus Novel about Leaving Campus Behind", Chronicle of Higher Education Sept.4, 2011.
  4. ^ Laura Miller. "The best fiction of 2011", "The best nonfiction of 2011" - Salon, Dec 8, 2011.

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