The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eugenides explores the dynamics of three Brown students as they transition from college to post-college life. The characters form a triangle: Madeleine, who usually avoids fellow students with ‘problems,’ falls in love with brilliant but troubled Leonard Bankhead. In the meantime, she maintains a sometimes flirtatious friendship with Mitchell Grammaticus, a student who heads to India seeking self-discovery on a spiritual path. Set in the Reagan era - 1982 - Eugenides crafts an entertaining, thoughtful, and intelligent novel which analyzes the most complicated of human emotions: love.