Middlesex: A Novel

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Macmillan, 2002 - Fiction - 529 pages
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"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver’s license...records my first name simply as Cal."

So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of l967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic.
 

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4**** and a ❤ What a different premise! Cal(liope) Stephanides is a hermaphrodite - but the book is really not so much about Cal as about the history of his immigrant family, told against a background ... Read full review

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This is a grand multi-generational omniscient first-person fable about an intersexual and his family. I say “fable” because so much of what happens stretches the parameters of probability despite ... Read full review

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Contents

The Silver Spoon
3
Matchmaking
19
An Immodest Proposal
40
The Silk Road
63
BOOK TWO
77
Henry Fords EnglishLanguage Melting Pot
79
Minotaurs
106
Marriage on Ice
126
The Mediterranean Diet
271
The Wolverette
291
Waxing Lyrical
307
The Obscure Object
319
Tiresias in Love
340
Flesh and Blood
361
The Gun on the Wall
377
BOOK FOUR
399

Tricknology
149
Clarinet Serenade
166
News of the World
183
Ex Ovo Omnia
198
BOOK THREE
213
Home Movies
215
Opa
232
Middlesex
252
The Oracular Vulva
401
Looking Myself Up in Websters
424
Go West Young Man
440
Gender Dysphoria in San Francisco
459
Hermaphroditus
478
AirRide
497
The Last Stop
513
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About the author (2002)

Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit and attended Brown and Stanford Universities. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux to great acclaim in 1993, and he has received numerous awards for his work.

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