The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Some opening paragraphs are just too good: ‘To start with, look at all the books…’ it begins, going on to describe what Madeleine hopes (and fears) her bookshelves full of Austen, Eliot and Bronte say about her. It’s a lovely start and pretty much downhill from there. We are in the early 1980s, Madeleine’s an attractive, intelligent student…