Middlesex: A Novel
A dazzling triumph from the bestselling author of The Virgin Suicides--the astonishing tale of a gene that passes down through three generations of a Greek-American family and flowers in the body of a teenage girl.
In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry blond clasmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them--along with Callie's failure to develop--leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.
The explanation for this shocking state of affairs takes us out of suburbia- back before the Detroit race riots of 1967, before the rise of the Motor City and Prohibition, to 1922, when the Turks sacked Smyrna and Callie's grandparents fled for their lives. Back to a tiny village in Asia Minor where two lovers, and one rare genetic mutation, set in motion the metamorphosis that will turn Callie into a being both mythical and perfectly real: a hermaphrodite.
Spanning eight decades--and one unusually awkward adolescence- Jeffrey Eugenides's long-awaited second novel is a grand, utterly original fable of crossed bloodlines, the intricacies of gender, and the deep, untidy promptings of desire. It marks the fulfillment of a huge talent, named one of America's best young novelists by both Granta and The New Yorker.
Middlesex is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
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LovelyUser Review - Torlock - Borders
Bought this book in 2004 and never got around to reading it. Found it again in 2008 and am I glad that I did! I loved this story. Eugenides weaves a powerful, poetic, often hilarious and unforgettable ... Read full review
EnjoyableUser Review - ameliajayne - Borders
My rating is 4 stars but if you have ever lived in Smyrna (now Izmir in Turkey) or Detroit (now the laughing stock of the USA) you might rate it higher for sentimental and/or historical reasons. I ... Read full review
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THE OBSCURE OBJECT
TIRESIAS IN LOVE
FLESH AND BLOOD
THE GUN ON THE WALL
MARRIAGE ON ICE
NEWS OF THE WORLD
EX OVO OMNIA
THE ORACULAR VULVA
LOOKING MYSELF UP IN WEBSTERS
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THE LAST STOP