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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 classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, Callie has inherited a rare genetic mutation. The biological trace of a guilty secret, this gene has followed her grandparents from the crumbling Ottoman Empire to Detroit and has outlasted the glory days of the Motor City, the race riots of 1967, and the family's second migration, into the foreign country known as suburbia. Thanks to the gene, Callie is part girl, part boy. And even though the gene's epic travels have ended, her own odyssey has only begun.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 111 x 178 x 328mm | 309g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Export and UK open market ed
  • 0747564485
  • 9780747564485
  • 49,277

About Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Eugenides is the author of THE VIRGIN SUICIDES. He lives in Berlin.
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608,421 ratings
4.01 out of 5 stars
5 40% (244,513)
4 34% (204,209)
3 17% (103,349)
2 6% (34,620)
1 4% (21,730)

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An epic novel that is overloaded with information and a great story. A cleverly disguised history lesson that also questions gender and indentity. Come and check out my full review at www.ourbookclub.net.au/LiteratureAndFiction2011.phpshow more
by Natalie Ward
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