Our pick for the next book club read is … The Virgin Suicides published in 1993 by Jeffrey Eugenides!
You may be familiar with the 1999 film version by Sofia Coppola featuring a young Kirsten Dunst and all of those dreamy, perfectly lit scenes floating to the soundtrack created by Air just for the film adaptation. From the first page the book dives into descriptive language about suicide. A weighted topic, the book and film dramatize this and other taboo topics plaguing American youth today. With a lot of the “why” left out of the book, the reader is led to focus on things beyond explanation.
An unusual collective narration tells the story of the Lisbon sisters following each of their suicides in a seemingly stable middle-class suburban setting. The narrators are the neighborhood boys who describe them, only surmising information from interactions and their diaries as they have always been kept at a distance by the girls’ reticence. There is something hauntingly beautiful about teenage years – finding oneself on the cusp of freedom yet stalled by oppressive doubts. Coming-of-age stories seem to resonate as they can be relatable to internal and external changes. Written in tone of at times dark humor, we hope you will read along and share your thoughts/comments with us. Send us pics of you reading the book and we will re-post your photo on our social media with our #bbbookclub hashtag. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!