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.
`Eugenides is a big and a big-hearted talent' Jonathan Franzen `Eugenides is blessed with the storyteller's most magical gift, the ability to transform the mundane into the extraordinary' New York Times From the reviews of `The Virgin Suicides': `One of the finest novels in many years - a `Catcher in the Rye' for our time' Observer From the reviews of `Middlesex': `Superb ... a warm and beautifully written novel that illuminates part of the human soul' Sunday Times From the reviews of `The Marriage Plot': `With breathtaking insight, Eugenides teases out the emotional truths at work here. This is a complete and complex work ... this is a book about how to find somebody to love and be loved by' The Times
Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit and attended Brown and Stanford Universities. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published to great acclaim in 1993, and he has received numerous awards for his work. In 2003, he received the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Middlesex, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and France's Prix Medicis. The Marriage Plot was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and won both the Prix Fitzgerald and the Madame Figaro Literary Prize. Eugenides is a professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton.