The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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The five Lisbon sisters are brought up in a strict household, and when the youngest kills herself, the oppression of the remaining sisters intensifies. As Therese, Mary, Bonnie and Lux are pulled deeper into isolation by their domineering mother, a group of neighborhood boys become obsessed with liberating the sisters. But what the boys don't know is, the Lisbon girls are beyond saving.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2011, p2006
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781449895266
Characteristics: 1 sound file (8 hr., 45 min.) :,digital
Additional Contributors: Landrum, Nick

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JCLSamS Oct 26, 2016

Though this book was beautifully written, atmospheric, and captivating, it was an uncomfortable book to read and I was quite relieved when it finally ended. The perverse obsession the boys have with the Lisbon girls was somehow more disturbing than the suicides. Had no trouble with this narrator/reader.

bandblair May 14, 2014

Amazing storytelling.

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SuzeParker
Mar 30, 2014

Eugenides has some serious writing chops, no question about it. Telling the story of the five doomed Lisbon sisters through the collective recollections of and retrospective interviews by a group of neighborhood boys was an intriguing technique to give readers a viewpoint that, while interesting, can never capture the sisters' motivations. So, in the end, we're still left with the fundamental question about why five teenage girls from the same family would choose to take their own lives. I couldn't imagine a group of boys being obsessed enough with the girls to continue their quest for information long after their bellies had gone soft, so the premise was hard to swallow. But, as mentioned, I do like Eugenides' writing and, for that, I give the book three stars.

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donkeymitts
Oct 20, 2011

The narration was well-done, it's the story itself that is just weird and creepy - and not in the good way!

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j_baka2002
Jul 03, 2011

The book group I am in read this book or I would not have finished it. The whole time I was reading it I was wondering where child protective services were.

I would never read this again. However others in my book group really liked it so I am sure it appeals to some just not me.

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