Middlesex: A Novel

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Macmillan, Sep 4, 2002 - Fiction - 544 pages
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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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User Review  - Andrew Smith - Goodreads

An epic story documenting the lives and relationships of three generations of a Greek/Turkish family who are forced to flee their homeland to America as a result of a historic and tragic event. Well ... Read full review

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User Review  - Will Byrnes - Goodreads

This is a family saga with a twist. The main character, Calliope, the product of a lengthy family history with some incestuous elements, was born a hermaphrodite. Yet the narrator (Calliope him or ... Read full review

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Contents

BOOK ONE
THE SILVER SPOON
MATCHMAKING
AN IMMODEST PROPOSAL
THE SILK ROAD
BOOK TWO
HENRY FORDS ENGLISH LANGUAGEMELTING POT
MINOTAURS
THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET
THE WOLVERETTE
WAXING LYRICAL
THE OBSCURE OBJECT
TIRESIAS IN LOVE
FLESH AND BLOOD
THE GUN ON THE WALL
BOOK FOUR

MARRIAGE ON ICE
TRICKNOLOGY
CLARINET SERENADE
NEWS OF THE WORLD
EX OVO OMNIA
BOOK THREE
HOME MOVIES
OPA
MIDDLESEX
THE ORACULAR VULVA
LOOKING MYSELF UP IN WEBSTERS
GO WEST YOUNG MAN
GENDER DYSPHORIA IN SAN FRANCISCO
HERMAPHRODITUS
AIRRIDE
THE LAST STOP
Copyright

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Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit and attended Brown and Stanford Universities. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux to great acclaim in 1993, and was adapted into a film by Sofia Coppola. Middlesex received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, and was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and France's Prix Medicis, and was selected for Oprah's Book Club. It has sold more than 3 million copies.

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