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'The Virgin Suicides': Inspired By Detroit's Woes?

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'The Virgin Suicides': Inspired By Detroit's Woes?

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'The Virgin Suicides': Inspired By Detroit's Woes?

'The Virgin Suicides': Inspired By Detroit's Woes?

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Jeffrey Eugenides' first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published in 1993 and adapted into a motion picture in 1999. Karen Yamauchi hide caption

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Karen Yamauchi

Jeffrey Eugenides' first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published in 1993 and adapted into a motion picture in 1999.

Karen Yamauchi

Jeffrey Eugenides published The Virgin Suicides in 1993 — a mesmerizing tale of five sisters who take their lives all in the same year in Grosse Pointe, Mich.

The novel has just been re-released in paperback, and its author tells Guy Raz that he's recently realized the deterioration of Michigan's auto industry actually inspired the novel in the first place.