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The Marriage Plot: A Novel (Hardcover)

by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Marriage Plot Problem 1

The Point of the Paperback 16

Here’s what I learned, after a month of talking to editors, literary agents, publishers, and other authors: A paperback isn’t just a cheaper version of the book anymore. It’s a makeover. A facelift. And for some, a second shot.

Joshua Henkin Doesn't Want You to Make Fiction a Lie: The Millions Interview 3

We’ve come a long way since George Eliot had to call herself George Eliot, but you’d have to be blind to think we live in an equal world.

The Marriage Plot, The Movie? 0

From the Library of Your Soul-Mate: The Unique Social Bond of Literature 15

The bond formed around a favorite novel is one of shared immersive experience, usually open to impossibly wide interpretations. When we meet someone else who’s “been there,” there’s a biting urge to know exactly what the other person saw, what scenes remain strongest in her memory, what crucial knowledge or insight was retrieved, and what her experience reveals or changes about our own?

The Millions Top Ten: April 2012 0

With four books graduating to our Hall of Fame, we have a new number one, and four new books on our list.

The Millions Top Ten: March 2012 0

Murakami returns to the top spot, but a shake-up is coming next month.

The Millions Top Ten: February 2012 3

A new number one ousts Murakami, and a novella debuts.

Judging Books by Their Covers: U.S. Vs. U.K. 65

We are undoubtedly swayed by the little billboard that is the cover of every book we read.

The Millions Top Ten: January 2012 0

No new books were able to break in this month, but a couple were making strong moves higher on the list.

2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced 2

As we've noted in the past, the NBCC seems to do a better job of catching the zeitgeist than other major prizes like the National Book Award and the Booker, which like to play kingmaker by annointing less well known titles.

The Millions Top Ten: December 2011 0

Four eclectic debuts for our final list of 2011.

The Alternative, The Underground, The Oh-Yes-That-One List of Favorite Books of 2011 7

I have reached out to a band of fresh voices (some new, some established, some you know, some you will soon) and compiled the alternative, the underground, the “oh-yes-that-one” list of favorite books of 2011.

A Year in Reading: Michael Schaub 6

The Great Frustration is a debut, but it’s also something most writers, even the most acclaimed ones, have never accomplished: it is a perfect short story collection. It’s also the best book I read in 2011.

The Millions Top Ten: November 2011 0

The heavyweights stay on top and two prizewinners debut.

The Notables: 2011 1

The Millions Top Ten: October 2011 0

There were two huge literary new releases in October, but only one could take our top spot.

Genius At Work: Helen DeWitt's Lightning Rods 13

Shout it from the rooftops, people! Helen DeWitt is back!

Semiotics and Jeffrey Eugenides 0

Wanting it Bad: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides 4

On its face, The Marriage Plot appears to be a novel that mentions a lot of novels without talking about any of them. These facile, knowing references disguise the sly ways that this novel engages with its predecessors.

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Write 'The Marriage Plot' 24

The irony was clear: here I was, cheating on a novel that had once been my mistress!

Tuesday New Release Day: Eugenides, Hollinghurst, Kadare, Butler 0

Early Word on The Marriage Plot 0

The Millions Top Ten: September 2011 0

An e-book original takes the top spot and another debuts. One of the big literary books of the fall also lands on our list.

The Slow Cookers 0

Exclusive: The First Lines of Jeffrey Eugenides's The Marriage Plot 14

A bookish first paragraph kicks off this new novel set to come out in October.