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Jeffrey Eugenides - Author

About the Author

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

Featured books by Jeffrey Eugenides

Other books by Jeffrey Eugenides

Fresh Complaint

Fresh Complaint

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2018

AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR AN EVENING STANDARD BOOK OF THE YEAR The first-ever collection of short stories from Jeffrey Eugenides, the bestselling author of Middlesex, The Virgin Suicides and The Marriage Plot, explores characters in the midst of personal and national emergencies. Kendall has failed as a poet, and now embezzlement seems like his next-best career option. Rebecca has failed to find customers for her mouse figurines, now the bailiffs are coming for her husband. Diane has failed to meet `the one', but is thrilled to have found her path to motherhood through a turkey baster. With his trademark humour, compassion and complex understanding of what it is to be human, Jeffrey Eugenides' stories elevate muddling through into something triumphant.

Fresh Complaint

Fresh Complaint

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2017

What was it about complaining that felt so good? You and your fellow sufferer emerging from a thorough session as if from a spa bath, refreshed and tingling? 'The first-ever collection of short stories from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides presents characters in the midst of personal and national emergencies.We meet Kendall, a failed poet who, envious of other people's wealth during the real estate bubble, becomes an embezzler; and Mitchell, a lovelorn liberal arts graduate on a search for enlightenment; and Prakrti, a high school student whose wish to escape the strictures of her family leads to a drastic decision that upends the life of a middle-aged academic.Jeffrey Eugenides's bestselling novels Middlesex, The Virgin Suicides and The Marriage Plot have shown him to be an astute observer of the crises of adolescence, self-discovery and family love. These stories, from one of our greatest authors, explore equally rich and intriguing territory. Narratively compelling and beautifully written, Fresh Complaint shows all of Eugenides's trademark humour, compassion and complex understanding of what it is to be human.

Fresh Complaint

Fresh Complaint

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2017

AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR AN EVENING STANDARD BOOK OF THE YEAR `What was it about complaining that felt so good? You and your fellow sufferer emerging from a thorough session as if from a spa bath, refreshed and tingling?' The first-ever collection of short stories from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides presents characters in the midst of personal and national emergencies. We meet Kendall, a failed poet who, envious of other people's wealth during the real estate bubble, becomes an embezzler; and Mitchell, a lovelorn liberal arts graduate on a search for enlightenment; and Prakrti, a high school student whose wish to escape the strictures of her family leads to a drastic decision that upends the life of a middle-aged academic. Jeffrey Eugenides's bestselling novels Middlesex, The Virgin Suicides and The Marriage Plot have shown him to be an astute observer of the crises of adolescence, self-discovery and family love. These stories, from one of our greatest authors, explore equally rich and intriguing territory. Narratively compelling and beautifully written, Fresh Complaint shows all of Eugenides's trademark humour, compassion and complex understanding of what it is to be human.

Fresh Complaint

Fresh Complaint

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2017

"e;The theme of complaint extends beyond the title story, but for listeners the key takeaway is the word 'fresh.' Jeffrey Eugenides's fresh writing...showcases his originality and - since he also narrates it - his ability to navigate multiple accents and personalities."e; - AudioFile MagazineThe first collection of short fiction from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides, author of The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex, and The Marriage Plot.Jeffrey Eugenides's bestselling novels have shown him to be an astute observer of the crises of adolescence, self-discovery, family love, and what it means to be American in our times.The stories in Fresh Complaint explore equally rich------and intriguing--territory. Ranging from the bitingly reproductive antics of "e;Baster"e; to the dreamy, moving account of a young traveler's search for enlightenment in "e;Air Mail"e; (selected by Annie Proulx for Best American Short Stories), this collection presents characters in the midst of personal and national emergencies. We meet a failed poet who, envious of other people's wealth during the real-estate bubble, becomes an embezzler; a clavichordist whose dreams of art founder under the obligations of marriage and fatherhood; and, in "e;Fresh Complaint,"e; a high school student whose wish to escape the strictures of her immigrant family lead her to a drastic decision that upends the life of a middle-aged British physicist. Narratively compelling, beautifully worded, and packed with a density of ideas despite their fluid grace, these stories chart the development and maturation of a major American author.More praise for Fresh Complaint:"e;It's not a surprise that Cynthia Nixon would be a good audiobook reader. It's surprising that she isn't hired to read every audiobook...Fliakos is endlessly entertaining while never letting theatrics outshine the characters on the page. This collection, Eugenides' first, includes 10 stories spanning three decades of the author's work. Hearing them read in a variety of voices emphasizes the changes in style and point of view that Eugenides has played with throughout his career."e; - Booklist"e;Line by line, paragraph by paragraph, Eugenides writes like a man who is enjoying himself. The feeling is contagious."e; - Dwight Garner for The New York Times"e;As I've noted before, I'd listen to Fliakos read the phone book. You don't get him or Nixon to sign on for short stories unless you have something choice in the way of material. And Eugenides certainly delivers that."e; - NJ.com

Jeffrey Eugenides Three-Book Collection: The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex, The Marriage Plot

Jeffrey Eugenides Three-Book Collection: The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex, The Marriage Plot

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides Format: eBook Release Date: 20/03/2014

This collection brings together three novels from one of America's great modern writers.'The Virgin Suicides' - Five doomed sisters and the boys who loved them from afar. A hauntingly evocative tale that became a cult hit film by Sofia Coppola.'Middlesex' - Calliope Stephanides: beloved daughter, son, enigma, and the deeply human narrator of this soaring epic.'The Marriage Plot' - Three flawed individuals searching for different versions of the same ideal; three separate lives drawn irrevocably together.Illuminating and exquisitely written, in these three novels Eugenides explores the imperfections and vagaries of the human heart with unparalleled wit and insight: essential reading for any lover of great fiction.

The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2013

Previously adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola starring Kirsten Dunst, this is the story of the five Lisbon sisters - beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the entire neighbourhood. The boys that once loved them from afar are now grown men, determined to understand a tragedy that has always defied explanation. For still, the question remains - why did all five of the Lisbon girls take their own lives? This hypnotic and unforgettable novel treats adolescent love and death with haunting sensitivity and dark humour, and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time.

Die Liebeshandlung

Die Liebeshandlung

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides Format: eBook Release Date: 18/10/2011

Amerika, Anfang der achtziger Jahre, ein College an der Ostkuste. Madeleine Hanna, begeisterte Leserin von Roland Barthes, schreibt eine literaturwissenschaftliche Arbeit uber die "e;Liebeshandlung"e; viktorianischer Romane. Wahrend sie uber den uralten Beweggrunden des menschlichen Herzens brutet, bricht das wirkliche Leben in Gestalt zweier junger Manner uber sie herein. Leonard Bankhead, charismatischer Einzelganger mit scheinbar unerschopflichem Elan, taucht Tabak kauend in einem Semiotik-Seminar auf, und schon bald verstrickt sich Madeleine in eine erotisch und intellektuell aufgeladene Beziehung. Zur selben Zeit lasst sich ihr alter Freund Mitchell Grammaticus wieder blicken, besessen von dem Gedanken, Madeleine sei fur ihn bestimmt und er fur sie. Wenig spter, den Collegeabschluss in der Tasche, werden alle drei gezwungen, vieles in neuem Licht zu sehen. Leonard und Madeleine ziehen in die malerische Dnenlandschaft von Cape Cod; Mitchell, in Gedanken oft bei Madeleine, reist mit einem Rucksack voller Bcher ber christliche Mystik bis nach Indien, stellt sich den Fragen nach dem Sinn des Lebens, der Existenz Gottes und dem, was Liebe ist. Gibt es die groen Liebesgeschichten des 19. Jahrhunderts nicht mehr, heute, in Zeiten von sexueller Freiheit, Ehevertrgen, Scheidungen? Indem Jeffrey Eugenides eine totgeglaubte Tradition erneuert, meldet er sich als einer der bedeutendsten Autoren der amerikanischen Gegenwartsliteratur zurck.

Marriage Plot

Marriage Plot

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2011

"e;There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel."e; Anthony Trollope It's the early 1980s. In American colleges, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels. As Madeleine studies the age-old motivations of the human heart, real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes. Leonard Bankhead - charismatic loner and college Darwinist - suddenly turns up in a seminar, and soon Madeleine finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with him. At the same time, her old friend Mitchell Grammaticus - who's been reading Christian mysticism and generally acting strange - resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate. Over the next year, as the members of the triangle in this spellbinding novel graduate from college and enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they have learned. Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology laboratory on Cape Cod, but can't escape the secret responsible for Leonard's seemingly inexhaustible energy and plunging moods. And Mitchell, traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind, finds himself face-to-face with ultimate questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love. Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce? With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides revives the motivating energies of the novel, while creating a story so contemporary and fresh that it reads like the intimate journal of our own lives.

Marriage Plot

Marriage Plot

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2011

A New York Times Notable Book of 2011A Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Book of 2011 A Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Best Fiction of 2011 Title One of Library Journal's Best Books of 2011A Salon Best Fiction of 2011 titleOne of The Telegraph's Best Fiction Books of the Year 2011 It's the early 1980s-the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafes on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.As Madeleine tries to understand why "e;it became laughable to read writers like Cheever and Updike, who wrote about the suburbia Madeleine and most of her friends had grown up in, in favor of reading the Marquis de Sade, who wrote about deflowering virgins in eighteenth-century France,"e; real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes. Leonard Bankhead-charismatic loner, college Darwinist, and lost Portland boy-suddenly turns up in a semiotics seminar, and soon Madeleine finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with him. At the same time, her old "e;friend"e; Mitchell Grammaticus-who's been reading Christian mysticism and generally acting strange-resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate.Over the next year, as the members of the triangle in this amazing, spellbinding novel graduate from college and enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they learned in school. Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology Laboratory on Cape Cod, but can't escape the secret responsible for Leonard's seemingly inexhaustible energy and plunging moods. And Mitchell, traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind, finds himself face-to-face with ultimate questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love.Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce? With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides revives the motivating energies of the Novel, while creating a story so contemporary and fresh that it reads like the intimate journal of our own lives.

Die Selbstmord-Schwestern

Die Selbstmord-Schwestern

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2011

"e;Ein groer Erzahler."e; (Der Spiegel)Im Vorstadthaus der Familie Lisbon leben fnf schne Tchter: die gescheite Therese, die pingelige Mary, die asketische Bonnie, die scharfe Lux und die blasse, lammfromme Cecilia. Als sich die jngste von ihnen aus dem Fenster strzt, beginnt das "e;Jahr der Selbstmorde"e;, das alle Beteiligten und Beobachter fr immer verndern wird. Schaurig-ironisch und zrtlich zugleich zeichnet der Pulitzer-Preistrger das Portrt einer Jugend, die ihre Unschuld verloren hat. "e;Sein bestes Buch."e; (Stern)"e;Es gibt nur wenige zeitgenssische Autoren, die so brillant, so przise und unerbittlich schreiben knnen wie dieser US-Schriftsteller."e; (Financial Times Deutschland)"e;Ein "e;Fnger im Roggen"e; unserer Zeit. "e; (The Observer)

Middlesex

Middlesex

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2010

"e;Middlesex ist ein unerhorter, wunderbarer Roman."e; (Jonathan Franzen)In einem kleinasiatischen Bergdorf fngt alles an. Ein junger Mann und eine junge Frau, Bruder und Schwester, fliehen vor den Trken nach Smyrna und, als die Stadt brennt, nach Amerika. Es ist das Jahr 1922. Auf dem Schiff heiraten sie und lassen sich spter in der Autostadt Detroit nieder. Niemand ahnt das Geheimnis dieses Paares, doch nach Jahrzehnten hat der Tabubruch der beiden ungeahnte Folgen. "e;Locker, vielschichtig, tiefgrndig, genial."e; (Die Welt)"e;Eugenides ist ein Erzhler, der seine Leser schamlos in seinen Bann zu schlagen versteht. Und sein Buch ein Geschenk an die literarische Welt."e; (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)"e;Ein spannender, origineller und sehr witziger Roman."e; (Der Spiegel)"e;Ein wunderbares Buch, reich an Geschichte und Geschichten, an Liebe, Glck Leid, Trauer und Tiefsinn, an Witz und an Fabulier- und Erinnerungslust."e; (Bernhard Schlink)

My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead Great Love Stories from Chekhov to Munro

My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead Great Love Stories from Chekhov to Munro

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2009

A wide-ranging and eclectic collection of short stories on the theme of love in its various forms: romantic, erotic, impossible, undying and exhausted. No other aspect of the human experience regularly inspires such an outpouring of poetry, prose and philosophy as love. From passionate declarations to clinical analysis, writers of every age have been fascinated, tormented and inspired by love. This beautifully produced collection of short stories will combine the best of contemporary and classic fiction on the theme of love, from Catullus to Alice Munro. Edited and introduced by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of `Middlesex', this wonderfully heterodox look at love will include, amongst others, `A Rose for Emily' by William Faulkner, `The Lady with the Lapdog' by Anton Chekhov and stories by Lorrie Moore, Milan Kundera and Guy de Maupassant.

Middlesex

Middlesex

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2003

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school, Grosse Pointe, MI, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. The explanation for this shocking state of affairs takes us out of suburbia - back before the Detroit race riots of 1967, before the rise of the Motor City, to 1922, when the Turks sacked Smyrna and Callie's grandparents fled for their lives, back to a tiny village in Asia Minor where two lovers, and one rare genetic mutation, set in motion the metamorphosis that will turn Callie into a being both mythical and perfectly real: a hermaphrodite.Sprawling across eight decades - and one unusually awkward adolescence - Jeffrey Eugenide's long-awaited second novel is a grand, utterly original fable of crossed bloodlines, the intricacies of gender, and the deep, untidy promptings of desire.Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Audie Award for best unabridged fiction, Middlesex marks the fulfillment of a huge talent, named one of America's best young novelists by both Granta and The New Yorker.

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