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The youngest of the Lisbon girls. Cecilia, age thirteen, is mystical, precocious, shy, and known even by her older sisters as the weird one of the family. She habitually wears an ill-fitting vintage s wedding gown, stained and cut short. She bites her nails, invokes the Virgin Mary, and spends hours listening to wailing Celtic music that she has ordered by mail. In her meticulous diary entries, discovered after her death, Cecilia is remarkably unself-conscious, tending to speak of her sisters and herself as a single entity.
THE VIRGIN SUICIDES 25 Years Later: Obsession and Alienation
The fictional story, which is set in Grosse Pointe, Michigan during the s, centers on the lives of five sisters, the Lisbon girls. The novel is written in first person plural from the perspective of an anonymous group of teenage boys who struggle to find an explanation for the Lisbons' deaths. Eugenides told 3am Magazine : "I think that if my name hadn't been Eugenides, people wouldn't have called the narrator a Greek chorus". As an ambulance arrives for the body of Mary Lisbon, a group of anonymous neighborhood adolescent boys recall the events leading up to her death. The father, Ronald Lisbon, is a math teacher at the local high school.
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.