Michigan Monday – Geoffrey Eugenides

One of Detroit’s own (although he now lives in New Jersey). Geoffrey Eugenides is a respected novelist and educator.  Of his three novels, two are set in Detroit and its suburbs, and some of my enjoyment while reading The Virgin Suicides (1993) and Pulitzer Prize winner Middlesex (2002) is due to Detroit’s prominence in both books. I have not lived in Detroit, but most Michigan natives who were raised in the east side of the state are familiar with suburbs, street names, and businesses that existed in the city as we were growing up; this added depth to my experience as a reader.

Each of these books – as well as The Marriage Plot, which I have not read – deserves its own post, so I won’t say much about them here since they will surely show up later.   Still, it behooves you to read at least one of them, especially if you are a Michigan native.  

Eugenides has also released a collection of short stories called Fresh Complaint (2017) and has started work on a fourth novel.

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