Jeffrey Eugenides on his Detroit roots

The World

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.

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