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Sixth & I

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Jeffrey Eugenides

Oct 31, 2011 • 7:00 pm ET
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The author of Middlesex (bestselling winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize) and The Virgin Suicides (made into a film by Sofia Coppola), is back––with a novel about modern love.

It’s the early 1980s and Madeleine Hanna, a dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. At the same time, she finds herself involved with two very different men, and over the next year, as the members of the love triangle graduate from college and enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they learned in school.

Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, pre-nups, and divorce? Eugenides creates a story so contemporary and fresh that it reads like the journal of our own lives.