Plot summary from amazon.com
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.
Personally, I think we can all relate to this book even in today's times. Infidelity, money, happiness, family, social status...it's got it all. Plus, I feel the first line in the novel totally sucks you in, "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." I think this line is so poignant! It has that same stage-setting punch that Pride and Prejudice's first line does as well. As soon as a trailer's up; I'll post it:)