Magazine December 19, 2011, Issue

Ivy League Love

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The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides (Farrar, Straus, 416 pp., $28)

Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Girl likes boy, maybe. Girl meets new boy. Girl really likes that boy, she thinks. Now what? By its very structure and elements, the love triangle promises tension, longing, secrecy, betrayal, hopefulness, and reversal: It’s no great surprise, then, that it’s long been a conventional premise for storytelling. What might be surprising, however, is novelist Jeffrey Eugenides’s decision to use a love triangle as one of the two primary premises for his latest novel, The Marriage Plot; the other premise, which is obviously related and still more conventional, is evident in the book’s title.

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Randy BoyagodaMr. Boyagoda, a novelist, is a professor of English at the University of Toronto, where he is also the principal of St. Michael’s College.

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