The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Heartbreakingly funny and undeniably honest.

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In this classic tale with a modern twist, three young graduates quickly discover that their lofty ideals and ambitions might not help them pass the real-world test: Leonard struggles to cope with his deepening depression; Mitchell desperately seeks an authentic experience of faith; and avid Austen fan Madeleine strives to reconcile her stubbornly romantic mind with her own ideas of independence. Heartbreakingly funny and undeniably honest, The Marriage Plot is a much needed reminder that our happily ever afters are often both meaningful and messy.