Middlesex

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A&C Black, Sep 1, 2003 - Fiction - 529 pages
Lefty and Desdemona must flee the Turks who are invading their crumbling city in the Ottoman Empire, and decide to head for America. What this unusual brother and sister do not realise is that a rare genetic mutation is following them. It secretly travels with them first to Detroit, and then to suburbia, through prohibition and the race riots of 1967. And in the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that develops between them leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. Through eight decades - and one unusually awkward adolescence - Jeffrey Eugenides’ long-awaited second novel is a breathtaking vision of the American Dream and a modern fable of crossed bloodlines, immigration, the intricacies of gender, and deep, untidy desire.
 

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A story of 3 generations and the consequences of life in a small town, then moving to Detroit. A story of refugees making it the US. Cal is an interesting and complex character who tells his families story with grace. Read full review

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I enjoyed the story except for the theatricality of the last 70 pages. Why would Father Mike try to blackmail his brother-in-law the way he did? This did not ring true at all. The section on the ... Read full review

Contents

The Silver Spoon
3
Matchmaking
19
An Immodest Proposal
40
The Silk Road
63
Henry Fords EnglishLanguage Melting Pot
79
Minotaurs
106
Marriage on Ice
126
Tricknology
149
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
The Oracular Vulva
401
Looking Myself Up in Websters
424

Clarinet Serenade
166
News of the World
183
Ex Ovo Omnia
198
Home Movies
215
Opa
232
Middlesex
252
Go West Young Man
440
Gender Dysphoria in San Francisco
459
Hermaphroditus
478
AirRide
497
The Last Stop
513
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Jeffrey Eugenides is the author of The Virgin Suicides. He lives in Berlin.

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