"Every letter was a love letter. Of course, as love letters went, this one could have been better. It was not very promising, for instance, that Madeleine claimed not to want to see him for the next half century."
"She'd become an English major for the purest and dullest of reasons because she loved to read."
"The way of true love never works out except at the end of the English novel."
It's the late 1980s and college student Madeleine is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot and the "marriage plot" that is the basis for all great English novels. Suddenly she finds herself caught in a modern-day marriage plot of her own and is forced to make decisions that will decide how her life will play out.
I read Eugenides "Middlesex" many years ago and was couldn't wait to read his new novel! I really enjoyed how the author intertwines ideas of old English literature into a completely new and easy to relate to story.
This book was #8 on my top ten list of 2012.