Middlesex

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Knopf Canada, Jul 18, 2011 - Fiction - 544 pages
Spanning eight decades and chronicling the wild ride of a Greek-American family through the vicissitudes of the twentieth century, Jeffrey Eugenides’ witty, exuberant novel on one level tells a traditional story about three generations of a fantastic, absurd, lovable immigrant family -- blessed and cursed with generous doses of tragedy and high comedy.

But there’s a provocative twist. Cal, the narrator -- also Callie -- is a hermaphrodite. And the explanation for this takes us spooling back in time, through a breathtaking review of the twentieth century, 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 our narrator’s life in motion.

Middlesex is a grand, utterly original fable of crossed bloodlines, the intricacies of gender, and the deep, untidy promptings of desire. It’s a brilliant exploration of divided people, divided families, divided cities and nations -- the connected halves that make up ourselves and our world. Justly acclaimed when it was released in Fall 2002, it announces the arrival of a major writer for our times.
 

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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

BUUH
3
Matcliinnkiiig
19
An Iinmodcst Proposal
40
T110 Silk RiLl
63
BUUH Tmfl
79
inomurs
106
Marriage on Ice
126
TriCknolog_
149
ThC V0lCrcttC
291
Waxing Lyrical
307
The Obscure Objcq
319
Tircsias in Lovc
340
Flcsh and Blood
361
The Gun on rhc W 1ll
377
B 1 UH Fl ll
401
Looking Myself Up in Wcbstcfls 424
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Clarii1crSeici1aelc 166
183
Ex Ovo Oiniiia
198
BUUH THREE
215
Opal
232
Middlesex
252
The Meditcrmiicalii Diet
271
Gender D_sph0ria in San Francisco
459
IIcrm 1phr0ditus
478
AirRidC
497
The Lnsr Stop
513
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Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1960. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published to acclaim in 1993. It has been translated into fifteen languages and made into a feature film. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Best American Short Stories, The Gettysburg Review and Granta's "Best of Young American Novelists."

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