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									Jeffrey EugenidesJeffrey Eugenides
Concerned with themes that are simultaneously disturbing and intriguing, Jeffrey Eugenides caught attention with 1993's The Virgin Suicides. He writes with an ability to imbue scenes of ordinariness and nostalgia with an otherworldly importance.

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Jeffrey Eugenides
Current Home:
Berlin, Germany
Date of Birth:
March 8, 1960
Place of Birth:
Detroit, Michigan
B.A. in English, Brown University, 1983; M.A. in creative writing/English, Stanford University, 1986
Whiting Writer's Award, 1993; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1994; Pulitzer Prize for Middlesex, 2003

The Pulitzer Winner

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								Middlesex, Author: 
								Jeffrey Eugenides.

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by Jeffrey Eugenides
Eugenides won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his second novel, Middlesex -- the story of a hermaphroditic teen on the hunt for clues to the real nature of her/his identity, and the family history that created it. The New York Times's Michiko Kakutani calls the book "an uproarious epic, at once funny and sad, about misplaced identities and family secrets," and observes that "Mr. Eugenides has a keen sociological eye for 20th-century American life."

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								The Virgin Suicides, Author: 
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The Virgin Suicides
by Jeffrey Eugenides
This novel tells the story of five sisters who eventually commit suicide in an oppressive suburban Michigan household. Told by a "chorus" of boys in the neighborhood, it evokes the excitement, mystery and pain of adolescence.

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								Lolita, Author: 
								Vladimir Nabokov.

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by Vladimir Nabokov
We asked Eugenides to tell us about some of his favorite books. "Nabokov said he wanted to put the reader in a state of 'aesthetic bliss,' and Lolita has always done that to me," he reflects. Read our interview to learn more about Eugenides' favorite books, including:

*The Iliad  by Homer
*The Odyssey  by Homer
*Pale Fire  by Vladimir Nabokov
*The Waves  by Virginia Woolf
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