Some short-story collections harness coherent conceptual bursts: fictions that might have been melded into a novel but instead between book covers make a whole of bundled fragments. Other collections chart the arc of a writer’s progress, sometimes over many years. Jeffrey Eugenides’s new book Fresh Complaint fits neither of these ... More »
HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Origin: Dan Brown, Doubleday 2. A Legacy of Spies: John le Carré, Viking 3. Manhattan Beach: Jennifer Egan, Scribner 4. Little Fires Everywhere: Celeste Ng, Penguin Press 5. Fresh Complaint: Jeffrey Eugenides, FSG 6. A Gentleman in Moscow: Amor Towles, Viking 7. The Golden House: Salman Rushdie, Random House 8. A Column […]
In his debut collection, “Fresh Complaint,” Eugenides explores variations on the theme of failure: marital, creative and financial.
Jeffrey Eugenides talked to the CBC about books and authors that have inspired his literary life. Stream a new St. Vincent song. Michael Kimball interviewed author Jeannie Vanasco at Fanzine. Stream a song from Sharon Jones' forthcoming posthumous album. The...
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The stories in “Fresh Complaint” are interested in failure and misbehavior, but they are also threaded with a strong moral sensibility.
More than two decades ago, Jeffrey Eugenides wrote The Virgin Suicides, a book about middle-aged men trying their darnedest to understand the manic pixie dream neighbors of their youth. It was the author’s first novel, and his first interrogation of gender — the role it plays in our desires and ... More »
Out this week: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan; Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides; Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien; A Moonless, Starless Sky by Alexis Okeowo; An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon; Dunbar by Edward St. Show More Summary
Jeffrey Eugenides talked to Weekend Edition about his short story collection Fresh Complaint. Julien Baker discussed her new album Turn Out the Lights with Rolling Stone. The Los Angeles Review of Books interviewed author Chelsea Martin. Stream a new Simon...
Akhil Sharma reads and discusses “Baster,” by Jeffrey Eugenides, from a 1996 issue of The New Yorker.
What makes a good writing habit? Zadie Smith and Jeffrey Eugenides sat down at The 2016 New Yorker Festival on October 7th to discuss. The two agreed that eight hundred words makes for a banner day. But Eugenides spends six to eight hours at his desk in a sitting, while Smith believes that her work goes bad after four. Show More Summary
The Guardian has a list of its five favorite on-campus novels, including Jeffrey Eugenides‘ The Marriage Plot, which we ran an excerpt of back when it came out, and Donna Tartt‘s The Secret History, whose connections to the academy we’ve also explored on the site. The post Back to School appeared first on The Millions.
This video, part of The Paris Review’s My First Time series, moved me as a writer … but also as a person living life. It’s of Jeffrey Eugenides talking about the internal process of writing his first novel THE VIRGIN SUICIDES. And about so much more. “Each book that you write, you swim a long […]
Our next read in our TowleREAD series comes from acclaimed best-selling author Jeffrey Eugenides and his Pulitzer Prize-winning 2002 novel, Middlesex. A contemporary classic about intersex identity, Middlesex began as Eugenides’ attempt to tell… Read The post Jeffrey Eugenides Reads from His Novel About Intersex Identity, ‘Middlesex’ – LISTEN appeared first on Towleroad.
In this weekend’s New York Times Book Review, celebrated novelist Jeffrey Eugenides … Read More
Neil Gaiman is a bestselling author whose work spans multiple genres and formats, from children’s books to literary fiction to graphic novels to screenplays. Now he can add fast food packaging to that list, as he joins other notable writers like Jeffrey Eugenides, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, Paulo Coelho, and comedian Aziz Ansari in slapping their work on Chipotle cups … [More]
Not quite the Nobel, either cash- or prestige-wise (but, hey, Philip Roth did win it (2009) -- albeit six years after... Jeffrey Eugenides), but the Welt-Literaturpreis has a decent list of winners (Kertész Imre, Jonathan Franzen, the...Show More Summary
Fiction offers avenues to Truth, often hard Truths, that remain closed or less often traveled otherwise. While many people associate Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides, with themes addressing sexuality and gender, this novel also confronts readers with a vivid and insightful consideration of class, race, and cultural heritage. Show More Summary
A passage from “Find the Bad Guy” by Jeffrey Eugenides: I remember going into people’s houses as a kid and thinking, Can’t they smell how they smell? Some houses were worse than others. The Pruitts next door had a greasy, chuck-wagon odor, tolerable enough. The Willots, who ran that fencing academy in their rec room, […]