Study Guide

Virgin Suicides Characters

By Jeffrey Eugenides

The Lisbon Sisters

We can consider the Lisbon girls as a unit because the narrator-chorus often lumps them together...

Cecilia Lisbon

At thirteen, Cecilia's the youngest Lisbon girl, and the first to go. She tries suicide...

Lux Lisbon

All the Lisbon girls are the objects of the narrators' erotic fantasy lives, but...

Therese Lisbon

Therese, the oldest, is seventeen. Our first glimpse of her isn't very flattering:Therese Lisbon...

Mary Lisbon

Mary's sixteen, the second oldest of the sisters. At one point, she's described as having a...

Bonnie Lisbon

Bonnie's the middle daughter, and like many middle children, she doesn't get all that much...

The Narrators: Neighborhood Boys

The novel is narrated from the first-person plural perspective, the voice of a group of neighbor...

Trip Fontaine

Trip Fontaine's the best developed of the male characters in the novel. The narrators know Trip...

Mr. Ronnie Lisbon

Mr. Lisbon is the fortyish father of five teenage girls. Surrounded by women, sent out to the...

Mrs. Lisbon

The forty-something Mrs. Lisbon is the closest thing to a monster this novel has (besides suicide...

Adult Neighbors

Eugenides has said that one of the things that he remembered about the suburb where he grew up...

Joe the Retard

We're not fans of the name.Joe's a neighborhood guy with Down Syndrome. The boys know him well,...

Dominic Palazzolo

Another neighborhood kid outside the narrators' group, Dominic's an outsider for different...

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