The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Kent Eugenides

Published in 1993 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

About the Author

Jeffrey Kent Eugenides is an American novelist and short story writer. He has written numerous short stories and essays, as well as three novels: The Virgin Suicides (1993), Middlesex (2002), and The Marriage Plot (2011). The Virgin Suicides served as the basis of a feature film, while Middlesex received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in addition to being a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International Dublin Literary Award, and France’s Prix Médicis.


The short note on this book managed to get me intrigued. All 5 sisters commiting suicide is strange, morbid and enough of a story to pique my interest.
Getting through this book, however is difficult. It took me a few months because I kept going back to other books and then coming to this one reading where I left off.
It revolves around 4 Lisbon girls who go through life after the 5th Lisbon sister commits suicide (twice, the first being a failed attempt). There are a group of adolescent boys who seem obsessed enough with the girls when they were alive and worse off when dead – the story is told from their perspective. They’ve spoken to the neighbors and even parents to get to know what the Lisbon girls were like and why they did what they did. But the end of the book provides no conclusion which makes this book frustrating for me.
By the end of the book, neither the dead girls nor the parents make any sense to me. The author transgresses a lot into sounds and smells of sometimes things that don’t help the scene. Or compare it to things that do not associate for me immediately. Some would probably find this an interesting read. But I tried hard to not doze off.