Going into October, I started to wonder, "What book am I going to take with me to the hospital when the baby is born?" It seemed monumental, but, of course, reading was the last thing on my mind when the time came :)
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Sometimes I'm at a complete loss when it comes to what to read next while I'm waiting for books on my library hold list to become available. And so I ended up reading the Marriage Plot. The author is a Pulitzer Prize winner and nearly 100,000 people have read and rated the book on Goodreads. Plus, the title of the book hints at the classic Jane Austen era marriage plot, so I decided to give it a try.
While I read, I found myself impressed with the writing and even intimidated by the language, but I think this was purposefully done to create the sense of constant and rampant self-appraisal and comparison. so indicative of one's early twenties. Likewise, I was torn throughout the story as to whether I even liked the three main characters (or the story for that matter!). But again, I think the author was working more with human weakness, and by the end of the book, I appreciated how accurately he portrayed the psychology of insecurities, unhealthy relationships, and the tumultuous transition from adolescence to adulthood. It wasn't what I expected, and I can't say it was an enjoyable or relaxing read, but it was a good book... if that makes sense.
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