The Virgin Suicides Study Guide

The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Virgin Suicides is a 1993 novel by Jeffrey Eugenides about the five daughters of the Lisbon family and their eventual suicides. After their youngest daughter Cecilia kills herself, the over-protective parents begin to shield their daughters from sex and eventually take them out of school. The neighborhood watches as their lives deteriorate and the family becomes increasingly reclusive. Eventually the remaining four girls commit suicide. The novel, told from the point of view of the boys, contains themes of freedom, control, lust and death.