The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey EugenidesThe 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.
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The story, which is set in Grosse Pointe, Michigan suburbia roughly in the mids, centers around the bizzare and haunting suicides of five beautiful American teenage sisters known as the Lisbons. Their legendary and unexplained suicides fascinated their community as their neighbors struggled to find an explanation for their shocking acts. Twenty-something-years later, there are still many unanswered questions that remain unresolved but the entrancing, enigmatic personalities of the sisters are still engraved in the minds and hearts of the adolescent neighborhood boys who's unrequited love for them changed their lives forever. As full grown men with wives and families of their own, they still have secretly remained faithful to the Lisbon girls and have vowed to tell the girl's story and do them justice; desperately retracing the Lisbon's steps in an obsessive investigation and attempt to analyse the several mysterious events in hopes of finding an answer, to what specifically lead the doomed sisters to their sad fates all those years ago. In circa the book was adapted into an acclaimed debut art-film by director Sofia Coppola which is now a modern cult classic. The movie starred actress Kirsten Dunst as the most rebellious sister and focal point character, Lux Lisbon and actor Josh Hartnett as Lux's short-lived romance, but true love, Trip Fontaine.
This guest post written by Isabella Garcia appears as part of our theme week on Sisterhood. Two sets of sisters, different in circumstance but alike in experience. Cecilia Hannah Hall , the fifth Lisbon sister, is excluded here because the similarities between both sets of sisters come rushing in after her suicide in the beginning of the film. Clear links between the two sets can be drawn, but ultimately reveal that in both situations, living in a gilded cage only leaves behind a haunting memory. From the outside, they were thought to be fashionable, charming, pretty, and inaccessible. Rarely apart, they were seen as a single force rather than individuals, wearing the same white lace dresses and hats. Seen as unattainable and ethereal in their white peasant dresses, much like those that the Romanov princesses wore, the boys fell for them.
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It is not important how the Lisbon sisters looked. What is important is how the teenage boys in the neighborhood thought they looked. There is a time in the adolescent season of every boy when a particular girl seems to have materialized in his dreams, with backlighting from heaven. Sofia Coppola's "The Virgin Suicides" is narrated by an adult who speaks for "we"--for all the boys in a Michigan suburban neighborhood 25 years ago, who loved and lusted after the Lisbon girls. We know from the title and the opening words that the girls killed themselves. Most of the reviews have focused on the girls.
But that might just be the case for Sofia Coppola: The Virgin Suicides , released this week in a new Criterion Collection edition , was such a confident debut in that it immediately announced her as a generational talent, a status she cemented with her Oscar-winning follow-up, Lost in Translation. In the book, the young men are beginning to think about the mysteries of sex and womanhood, and they project all of their questions and anxieties onto this strange household that eventually takes on a sort of folkloric status. The book begins with a tragedy the youngest daughter, Cecilia, attempts suicide and then succeeds on her second try and ends with something even more horrifying; but, as Coppola noted, the story is too surreal and wryly funny to ever be truly hard-hitting. The girls themselves are also fairly remote, except for Cecilia Hanna R. Hall , who lingers as a haunting presence after her early death, and Lux Kirsten Dunst.
Even the five Lisbon sisters seemed like some mirror of me and my four younger sisters—I knew the peculiarity of a household filled with girls, the feverish swapping of clothes, the rituals and ablutions, experiencing adolescence like some long-standing illness from which we all suffered. It was exhausting to live that way, believing in the significance of every feeling, tracking every minor emotional shift. But still: sometimes I miss it. Even the narration is measured, calm, relaying the suicide method with a simple aside. There is no crime for the reader to try to solve, no whodunnit. We know what happens.