September Reading List Day Twenty-Three: “The Virgin Suicides” by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Virgin Suicides (Image)

If The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides could be summed up in one word, it would be haunting. Told from the perspective of a nameless group of men who were captivated by the girls from afar as boys, this is the story of mysterious events surrounding the deaths of the five Lisbon sisters in the 1970s. The facts are hazy, distant memories now, but a few things are clear. After the youngest sister Cecelia leaps to her death at a party, her extremely religious and reclusive parents further withdrawal themselves and their remaining daughters from the rest of the community. Things go from bad to worse rebellious Lux stays out too late with a boy after a dance, and their parents pull them out of school and lock them away in their house. The communicate with the boys through records played over the telephone, paper lantern morse code, and coded messages until that fateful night when the remaining four sisters take their own lives in a mass suicide. The exact reasons the girls ended their lives are lost to time, and, no matter how hard they try, neither the reader nor these former boys can pin down one precise cause. Tragic, dark, and just plain sad, The Virgin Suicides is one of those stories that will stay with you long past the time you finish it.

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