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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. "Middlesex "is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 628 pages
  • 99.1 x 172.7 x 27.9mm | 204.12g
  • Picador USA
  • United States
  • English
  • 0312991738
  • 9780312991739
  • 2,780

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by Cait Dubh
This novel is the story of a girl who grows up to be man, a condition the author calls "middlesex". Cal, the narrator, intertwines his story (the story of a hermaphrodite living as a man despite being raised as a woman) with stories of incest, immigration, politics, coming of age. Eugenides, seemingly effortlessly, has a remarkable way of twisting his narrative into "an uproarious epic, at once funny and sad, about misplaced identities and family secrets" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times).show more
by Elena Fofiu
This is one of the best books I have read in a long while. Providing a deep, almost personal, viewpoint into history, as well as an intriguing plot, Eugenides does not belittle the reader, making this very enjoyable. Narrated by the effervescent and probably most unique narrator I have ever come across, this book is not one to be missed.show more
by Blake