Now that it’s officially fall, it’s time to put that paperback beach read back on the shelf and reach for a heartier hardcover—something with a little more intellectual oomph to stop the hazy shade of winter from dulling your mind. In other words, perfect timing for writer Jeffrey Eugenides to come back on the scene with this latest, "The Marriage Plot,” coming out today. This new 416-page tome is "Eugenides’ first novel since 2002’s Pulitzer Prize–winning ‘Middlesex’ [and it] so impressively, ambitiously breaks the mold of its predecessor that it calls for the founding of a new prize to recognize its success both as a novel—and as a Jeffrey Eugenides novel,” enthuses Publisher’s Weekly. Even if you didn’t make it through that hefty read, you might remember Eugenides’ from the "Virgin Suicides,” which he helped turn into a script for Sofia Coppola’s debut big-screen indie flick in 1999 starring a very young Kirsten Dunst. Well now, you’re older and wiser and ready to cuddle up with his latest on a cold autumn night. Catch him reading tonight at Barnes & Noble in Union Square.
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