The new novel from the bestselling author of Middlesex and The
Virgin Suicides. Brown University, 1982. Madeleine Hanna, dutiful
English student and incurable romantic, is writing her thesis on
Jane Austen and George Eliot – authors of the great marriage plots.
As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart,
real life, in the form of two very different men, intervenes.
Leonard Bankhead, brilliant scientist and charismatic loner,
attracts Madeleine with an intensity that she seems powerless to
resist. Meanwhile her old friend Mitchell Grammaticus, a theology
student searching for some kind of truth in life, is certain of at
least one thing – that he and Madeleine are destined to be
together. But as all three leave college, they will have to figure
out how they want their own marriage plot to end.