Cracking on with books 7 and 8, both of these are actually modern classics that I got around to reading for the first time, both of which were made into critically acclaimed movies in 1999!
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
The shocking thing about the five Lisbon sisters 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. – from Goodreads.com
Morbid yes, but what I loved about this classic was the overall tone and the atmosphere of the novel. I also enjoyed the narration too… oh who am I kidding? I loved all of it!
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she’d never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele — Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles — as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary. – from Goodreads.com
Girl Interrupted is reminiscent of Plath’s The Bell Jar, and similar to both Plath and Eugenides, Kaysen employs wonderful narration, tone and atmosphere into her memior, which makes it an irresistible read.
Tomorrow we’ll be looking at books number six and five – the two that landed just outside of my top five of this year. Have you read either of these books before? Or seen the movies? Let me know in the comments!