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I knew of Jeffery Euginedes from reading his Pultizer Prize winning novel, Middlesex. But what I didn't know was his first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was optioned for a film and directed by Sophia Coppela. What a collaboration! The story unfolds via flashbacks with voice over narration by one of the boys (now a man). He speaks for the group of boys who befriended and loved the Lisbon sisters. This is a haunting coming-of-age story and commentary of dysfunctional parenting and the life of girls. Early on in the film, Cecilia, the youngest sister, has a failed suicide attempt. The doctor asks her, "What are you doing here, honey? You're not even old enough to know how bad life gets." Cecilia replies, "Obviously Doctor, you've never been a 13-year-old girl." Sadly life doesn't get any better for Cecilia or her sisters.

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