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The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

This is the story of the five Lisbon sisters who commit suicide in the same year. The novel is alive with desire, and the mating rituals of white suburban America become, in a superbly controlled narrative, both infinitely sad and infinitely funny. Eugenides gives the novel’s dark laughter a manic edge.
Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit.

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The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides