Born and raised in Gross Pointe, Michigan, Jeff Eugenides received his BA from Brown University and his MA in creative writing from Stanford University. He has worked as a cab driver, a busboy, a staff writer and photographer, a volunteer with Mother Theresa in India and a teacher; however, for more than a decade now he has worked full-time as a novelist. While Chicago has been his home since 2004, he has also lived in Detroit, Providence, New York and Berlin. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, he has won the Aga Khan Prize from Paris Review, awards from the Whiting Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA. 
Sep 01 2006
A Conversation with Jeffrey Eugenides
The first ten years of my writing life were spent thinking about voice, tone, control of language, precision of language. Then I had to teach myself to plot. The Virgin Suicides doesn’t have a whole lot of plot. It’s a book that’s carried on its voice to a large measure. With Middlesex, I taught myself plot.