By Jeffrey Eugenics, this novel is a bit disappointing. It centers on Madeleine Hanna, a privileged student at Brown University in the early 1980s. She is writing her thesis on Victorian authors and the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the great English novels. Meanwhile, she falls in love with Leonard Bank head, full of boundless energy and high intelligence. There is also Mitchell Grammaticus, in love with Madeleine and Christian mysticism. The book details their last year in college and first year in the real world. It is willful and depressing. I didn't care much for it.