Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme held by Should be Reading. The idea is to open whatever book you’re reading to a random page and provide two teaser sentences, so long as they don’t spoil anything!
Technically I’ve already finished this week’s book, but I love it so much that I just had to use it for this. I’m hoping the teaser will suffice to make you read it asap!
The book: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (published in 1993).
The haunting, humorous and tender story of the brief lives of the five entrancing Lisbon sisters, The Virgin Suicides, now a major film, is Jeffrey Eugenides’ classic debut novel.
The shocking thing about the girls 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.
(I have no idea if the picture is an actual book cover, but it’s so pretty! Don’t let the girliness of it fool you, though.)
‘”Just like eloping,” Eugie Kent said, and the words made our minds drift, to a red-faced, small-town justice of the peace, and a sleeper compartment in a train passing through blue wheat fields at night.’
‘The sun had fallen below the horizon, but still lit the sky in an orange chemical streak more beautiful than nature.’
You can read my review of this book here.