Saturday, May 12, 2018

Off the Shelf

May 11, 2018
Nikki Barnhart


A Book Lover's Novel of Insatiable Waiting

“To start with, look at all the books.” So begins Jeffrey Eugenides’s THE MARRIAGE PLOT. You will immediately know if this book is for you based on your reaction to the first paragraph, in which Eugenides introduces us to main character Madeleine Hanna by listing the books residing on her shelf—from the “complete Modern Library set of Henry James,” to the New Directions paperbacks of poetry, to the “Colette novels she read on the sly.”

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