The Virgin Suicides Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is the account of four sisters' suicides. It all starts with Cecille's suicide attempt. She tries again, and suceeds, and their live go down hill from there. A mother who is afraid of everything controls their every move and eventually pulls them out of school. Their father is a teacher, but also eventually leaves, and is too weak to stand up to his controlling wife for the sake of his remaining daughters. This is set up as a court case, by three boys who grew up near the girls and tried desperately to get to know them about Cecille's suicide attempt. They are drawn, like flies to a light, to these girls' lives. Even years later they return to their tree house and re-examin everything they knew about them, in an effort to bring these amazing girls back to life.
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The review of this Book prepared by Kara Thomas

This is the story of five adolescent sisters, living and dying by their own hands, in a suburb of Detroit in the 1970's. Their brief and tragic lives are narrated by the men whose lives were forever altered by knowing them and witnessing their demise. Years later, these middle-aged men gather in their boyhood treehouse and struggle to understand who the Lisbon girls really were and why they all killed themselves within the space of a year. They approach their memories in the form of a court presentation, complete with witnesses and exhibits, as they revisit their youthful obsession.
The review of this Book prepared by Jennifer Martin-Romme

Four sisters, during the course of one year, all commit suicide, and the neighborhood boys who lusted after them and were fascinated by them, try to find out why. Includes a detailed recounting of events leading up to the suicides.
The review of this Book prepared by Amanda Goodwin

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   actions leading to death of someone Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   Vagia talk! Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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