Jeffrey Eugenides on his Detroit Roots

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Author Jeffrey Eugenides was born and raised in Detroit and the city often becomes a central character in his writings. (He lives in Princeton, New Jersey, these days.) He’s based both of his novels, Pulitzer Prize-winning "Middlesex," and "The Virgin Suicides," in the Motor City. He says as a native Detroiter it's still easy for him to love his home town: more so, perhaps, than the average outsider.


We’ve heard about how the media struggles to accurately portray the city, and how recovery is perhaps becoming more possible after the Great Recession. As part of our focus on Detroit and its status as a symbol of both decline and resilience, we talk to the author about his home town.

Read a full transcript of our interview with Jeffrey Eugenides here.

Produced by:

Mary Harris and Jen Poyant

Comments [2]

Tameka Mullins from New York

I moved from Detroit to NY to attend college in 1995 and have missed my hometown since then. Moving for me was a rite of passage and I'm glad I did. I was in no way turning my back on the city, I just wanted to travel and experience life.

I always miss Detroit and what's going on there now affects me deeply. I wrote a novel and of course I set it in Detroit. I still carry my Detroit twang in my speech, I still follow sports teams and news from the area and often know more about what's going on there then some residents!

So Detroit will always be in my blood. It's home.

Apr. 29 2010 09:53 AM
Daisy from Wilmington, Delaware

I came from a small town which has all of the disadvantages of a small town and a big city with none of the advantages of either. It was painful to close the door on a place that nurtured me in my youth but turned on me like mean spirited, small minded mad dogs when I reached adulthood.

Apr. 29 2010 09:09 AM

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