A New Book Club for West End!

West End Library

A New Book Club for West End!

the marriage plot coverthe marriage plot coverThe West End Library is hosting a new book club at a new time! This new book club will cater to those in the area who work a traditional 9-5 work week and cannot attend weekday events. The club will meet every third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., starting Nov. 21.

For the first meeting, we will be reading The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides.

You may be familiar with this author from his two previous novels, The Virgin Suicides, which was made into a movie starring Kirsten Dunst in 1999, and Middlesex, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. The Marriage Plot is Eugenides' first book in 10 years and is quite a departure from his previous two novels. The novel takes place in the early 1980s and follows three recent Brown University graduates as they decide their next steps during a rough economic recession.

The reason I chose this book, despite its obvious parallels to our recent economic recession, was because I heard Eugenides speak at the National Book Festival last year and was quite taken by his talk. He explained the meaning of the title, the marriage plot. The marriage plot is a traditional style of story telling in which the female protagonist has to choose between two competing male suitors, in other words, a female-centered love triangle.

Eugenides wanted to set this plot in the modern day, so he could examine how time has changed how we view love and female-male relationships. He also added further complication to the plot by diagnosing one of his characters with bipolar disorder. Between the poor economy, complicated love lives, and the trials of mental illness, these three characters have more than enough on their plates at they try to charter the transition from college to the "real" world.

I hope you will consider joining in on what I hope will be a lively and interesting discussion! At the very least, come to meet new people in your community while enjoying some free refreshments. See you there!