The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (Novel Review)

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The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (Novel Review)
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (Novel Review) - is a 1993 novel by . The novel tells the story of five teenage sisters, the Lisbons, who commit suicide over the course of five years.

The novel is narrated by a group of boys who grew up in the same neighborhood as the Lisbons, and who were obsessed with them.


The Virgin Suicides is a dark and haunting novel that explores the themes of , , and .

The novel is written in a lyrical and dreamlike style, and it is full of . The Lisbon sisters are , and their suicides are both tragic and inevitable.

Book Details

  • Title: The Virgin Suicides
  • Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Genres: , ,
  • Chapters: Divided into sections rather than traditional chapters
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Picador, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
  • Publication date: 1993
  • Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars on Goodreads
  • Awards: The Guardian First Book Award, The Whitbread First Novel Award

Recommended Audience

The Virgin Suicides is a mature novel that deals with some difficult subject matter. It is best suited for readers who are 16 years old and up.


The Virgin Suicides tells the story of the Lisbon sisters, five beautiful and mysterious teenage girls who live in a suburban neighborhood.

The sisters are all withdrawn and isolated, and they are rarely seen outside of their home. The boys in the neighborhood are fascinated by the Lisbon sisters, and they begin to watch them from afar.

As the sisters grow older, they begin to blossom into young women, but their beauty only seems to make them more isolated.

One day, the youngest Lisbon sister, Cecilia, commits suicide. Her death is a shock to the neighborhood, and the other sisters are devastated. In the months that follow, the remaining four sisters also commit suicide.

The reasons for their suicides are never fully explained, but they are likely due to a combination of factors, including their isolation, their sexual awakening, and their parents' strict and controlling behavior.

Plot Summary

The novel is divided into three parts. The first part, “The Suicides,” tells the story of the Lisbon sisters' lives leading up to their suicides.

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