born in Detroit, Michigan in 1960, attended Brown and Stanford Universities. He first rose to acclaim with his debut novel, »The Virgin Suicides« (1993). The book is told by a collective narrator of middle-aged men who try to piece together the mystery of the collective suicides of five sisters in the suburban American Midwest of the 1970s. Later adapted into a film by Sofia Coppola, it is now considered a modern classic. A 30th-anniversary edition has just been published. Eugenides’s second novel, »Middlesex« (2002), brought him international recognition, including the 2003 Pulitzer Prize and the »WELT«-Literaturpreis. The novel is narrated by the intersex inheritor of a genetic condition who, in tracing its transmission through his family tree, recounts the history of the family’s flight from Asia Minor in 1922 through their immigrant life in the United States. The novel has sold over three million copies.
A notable, award-winning novel »The Marriage Plot« (2011) presents a contemporary version, via semiotic theory and shifting mores, of the traditional marriage plot employed by novelists from Austen to James. His latest work, »Fresh Complaint« (2017), a collection of short stories, continues to exhibit his deft narrative skill and ability to work in different fictional modes and voices.
Eugenides currently holds the Lewis and Loretta Glucksman Professorship in American Letters at the New York University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He resides in New York.