'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 Point, 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.
- Paperback | 544 pages
- 128 x 194 x 36mm | 381.02g
- 01 Oct 2011
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
'Superbly readable' Sunday Telegraph 'Truly original and compelling' Daily Mail 'A vibrant chronicle ... wonderful' Independent
About Jeffrey Eugenides
Jeffrey Eugenides is the author of The Virgin Suicides. He lives in Berlin.
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I found myself completely intrigued and captivated by this book. I couldn't say that I loved it, and I couldn't say that I would read it over and over, but nonetheless I found myself invested in the characters and discovered that I cared deeply for them. The lead character, Cal, is endearing and vulnerable, while displaying bucketloads of inner strength. As someone who has very limited experience with intersex people, I found it extremely empathetic. It's a beautiful book. Prepare to emerse yourself.show moreby Amy Lay
I will never know how much of this book is complete fiction and witch parts are biography ... I couldn't find any disclaimer "this is a work of fiction" in the book (maybe I just missed it :-) ) Nevertheless it has been quite intriguing to read about intersexed people and how it affects society and how medicine sees it.show moreby Montse Sayol