The Virgin Suicides: 25 years later

The Virgin Suicides is dark humour that reads like dreamy long-form poetry in testament to coming of age and passage of life, equal parts horrifying and mundane, and wholly effective. Twenty-five years after Jeffrey Eugenides first introduced us to the OG Manic Pixie Dream Girls, the Lisbon sisters, this self-proclaimed satirical response to romanticism still calls into question how much we can ever really make sense of our lives. Everything about the novel is vivid except for the Lisbon girls, who are not quite characters but projections of the collective narrative imagination. The past is just a story that we tell ourselves.

From the 1999 Sofia Coppola film

From the 1999 Sofia Coppola film