by Jeffrey Eugenides
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An obsessive homage that begins as a detective story and ends without a solution. In a prosperous Detroit suburb during the early 1970s, all five daughters of the Lisbon family commit suicide in a succession of acts that stuns their friends as much by its incomprehensibility as its violence. One of the boys who grew up with the sisters attempts, 20 years after the fact, to uncover whatever secret motivated the girls and, through his search, provides the narrative that makes up most of the tale. It turns out that most of the boys in the neighborhood were in love with one or another of the sisters to some degree, and the pain that they feel over their deaths, years after the fact, becomes the dominant theme of the story.
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