The Virgin Suicides
‘A flare from my own secret world, all the inchoate longings and obsessions of being a teenager somehow rendered into book form’ – Emma Cline, author of The Girls
That girl didn’t want to die. She just wanted out of that house. She wanted out of that decorating scheme.
The five Lisbon sisters – beautiful, eccentric and, now, gone – had always been a point of obsession for the entire neighbourhood. Although the boys that once loved them from afar have grown up, they remain determined to understand a tragedy that has defied explanation. The question persists – why did all five of the Lisbon girls take their own lives?
This lyrical and timeless tale of sex and suicide that transforms and mythologizes suburban middle-American life announced the arrival of one of the greatest American novelists of the last thirty years.