Oooooh! OOOOOh! Goda nyheter, mina vänner! Goda nyheter.
Jag fick precis veta att Jeffrey Eugenides (förf till Virgin Suicides och Middlesex) ska komma med en ny roman. Den kommer att heta The Marriage Plot och släpps i oktober.
Romanen beskrivs i förlagets katalog som en "campus/coming-of-age/love-triangle novel" och Amazon skriver: Madeleine Hanna was the dutiful English major who didn't get the memo. While everyone else in the early 1980s was reading Derrida, she was happily absorbed with Jane Austen and George Eliot - anar jag lite svaga akaporr eller Sittenfeldska Prep-vindar, måntro?
Ett litet utdrag ur början av boken lovar också väldigt gott. Eller vad tycker ni om det här:
To start with, look at all the books. There were her Edith Wharton novels, arranged not by title but date of publication; there was the complete Modern Library set of Henry James, a gift from her father on her twenty-first birthday; there were the dog-eared paperbacks assigned in her college courses, a lot of Dickens, a smidgen of Trollope, along with good helpings of Austen, George Eliot, and the redoubtable Bronte sisters. There were a whole lot of black-and-white New Directions paperbacks, mostly poetry by people like H.D. or Denise Levertov. There were the Colette novels she read on the sly. There was the first edition of Couples, belonging to her mother, which Madeleine had surreptitiously dipped into back in sixth grade and which she was using now to provide textual support in her English honors thesis on the marriage plot. There was, in short, this mid-sized but still portable library representing pretty much everything Madeleine had read in college, a collection of texts, seemingly chosen at random, whose focus slowly narrowed, like a personality test, a sophisticated one you couldn’t trick by anticipating the implications of its questions and finally got so lost in that your only recourse was to answer the simple truth. And then you waited for the result, hoping for “Artistic,” or “Passionate,” thinking you could live with “Sensitive,” secretly fearing “Narcissistic” and “Domestic,” but finally being presented with an outcome that cut both ways and made you feel different depending on the day, the hour, or the guy you happened to be dating: “Incurably Romantic.”
Att beskriva någon genom att beskriva personens böcker. Love it. Med tanke på hur otroligt väl Eugenides skriver, och med tanke på att alltsammans tycks cirkla kring en underbart boknördig huvudperson, borde det här ha all potential i världen att bli bra. Hej, sjukt höga förväntningar! Men hur som helst - hurra, hurra, hurra! Nu ska jag sitta här och vänta på att det bli oktober.
Läs mer om The Marriage Plot på Amazon.
Den goda nyheten hittades hos The Millions.