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Jeffrey Eugenides — winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Middlesex — was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1960, the third son of an American-born father whose Greek parents immigrated from Asia Minor and an American mother of Anglo-Irish descent. Eugenides was educated at public and private schools, graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, and received an MA in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University in 1986. Two years later, in 1988, he published his first short story.

His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Best American Short Stories, The Gettysburg Review and Granta's ‘Best of Young American Novelists’. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published in 1993, and has since been translated into fifteen languages and made into a major motion picture. His second novel, Middlesex, was published in paperback in September 2003 and has been selected by Waterstone's as one of their top 100 books of the last 25 years.

Eugenides is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and The National Foundation for the Arts, a Whiting Writers' Award, and the Harold D. Vursell Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. In the past few years he has been a Fellow of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm of the DAAD and of the American Academy in Berlin.

Jeffrey Eugenides lives in Berlin with his wife and daughter.

Author photo © Karen Yamauchi

If you like Jeffrey Eugenides you might also like to read books by Jennifer Egan, Philip Hensher and Richard Powers.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Jeffrey Eugenides

Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides
Fresh Complaint
Jeffrey Eugenides
If you are familiar with Eugenides’ work then these, his first collection of short stories, are probably what you would expect, i.e. not happy. They are about love, envy, regret, desire, illness and death. Only one, Baster, has any humour,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex
Jeffrey Eugenides
February 2012 Guest Editor Joanna Trollope on Jeffrey Eugenides... He produces one amazing book every ten years or so…So over twenty years ago, it was The Virgin Suicides (brilliant) and about ten years ago, Middlesex (even better). He...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/06/2013
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides
Ten years on from his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Eugenides delivers a witty, well written and wholehearted coming of age story. Set in the early 80s and described by The Times as ‘One Day with George Eliot thrown in’ The Marriage...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/04/2012

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