Author(s): Jeffrey Eugenides
The shocking thing about the girls was how nearly normal they seemed when their mother let them out for the one and only date of their lives. Twenty years on, their enigmatic personalities are embalmed in the memories of the boys who worshipped them and who now recall their shared adolescence: The brassiere draped over a crucifix belonging to the promiscuous Lux; the sisters' breathtaking appearance on the night of the dance; and the sultry, sleepy street across which they watched a family disintegrate and fragile lives disappear.
'One of the finest novels in many years - a Catcher in the Rye for our time' Observer
'Wonderfully original' Independent
'One of the finest novels - I have read in many years... a wonderful mixture of amusement, wistfulness and contained grief' John Banville
'Entire and unstoppable... a sparkling work' The Times
Jeffrey Eugenides was educated at Stanford and Brown Universities and now lives in Berlin. He is the author of Middlesex.