Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Eugenides is an American novelist and short story writer. He was born on March 8, 1960, in Detroit, Michigan. Eugenides is best known for his novels 'The Virgin Suicides' (1993), which was adapted into a film by Sofia Coppola, and 'Middlesex' (2002), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His work often explores themes of identity, gender, and the complexities of human relationships. He has also written the novel 'The Marriage Plot' (2011) and a collection of short stories titled 'Fresh Complaint' (2017). Eugenides is recognized for his intricate narrative styles and in-depth character development.


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  1. 1. Middlesex

    The book follows the life of Calliope Stephanides, a Greek-American hermaphrodite, who narrates her epic story starting from her grandparents' incestuous relationship in a small village in Asia Minor to her own self-discovery in 20th century America. The novel delves into themes of identity, gender, and the American dream, while also providing a detailed history of Detroit through the eyes of three generations of an immigrant family.

  2. 2. The Virgin Suicides

    The novel is a haunting and tragic tale of the five Lisbon sisters who live in suburban America in the 1970s. Their strict, overbearing parents keep them isolated from the world, leading to a sense of mystery and intrigue about the girls in their community. This fascination turns into morbid curiosity when one of the sisters commits suicide, and the remaining sisters become even more sheltered. The story is narrated by a group of neighborhood boys who are obsessed with the girls, and their suicides, trying to piece together the reasons behind their tragic ends.

  3. 3. The Marriage Plot

    This novel follows the intertwined lives of three college graduates in the 1980s. The story focuses on the romantic entanglements of Madeleine Hanna, an English major who is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, and her relationships with two men: Leonard Bankhead, a charismatic but troubled biology student, and Mitchell Grammaticus, a religious studies student who is in love with Madeleine. The narrative explores the complexities of love, mental illness, faith, and the relevance of the traditional marriage plot in a modern world.