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Tag: Jeffrey Eugenides

Finding the Self in Fiction

The thing about Jeffrey Eugenides’ writing is that every paragraph has been crafted such that at least one true sentence, or one true image, resides in each. The result is that his book, The Marriage Plot, is such a satisfying read. This excerpt describes the heroine, Madeleine, studying for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as… Read More ›

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A Small Revelation, Or Why I Studied English in College

Am immersed in a novel by an author I’ve recently discovered. Late, as usual. This is an excerpt from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides ‘ latest work: Some people majored in English to prepare for law school. Others became journalists. The smartest guy in the honors program, Adam Vogel, a child of academics, was planning… Read More ›

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And Twist of Fate

This post is written on deadline as my connection only lasts 20 minutes (minus mail-checking, etc). Read this first. Thanks. Dear Wolff, I am so glad you reacquainted yourself with the erstwhile Beagle.  It’s not my fault, it was serendipity, you said. Sleight of Hand is a trove of beautiful stories. The thing is, short… Read More ›

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