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Middlesex

Eugenides, Jeffrey

(Book - 2002)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Middlesex
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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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0312422156
0374199698
9780312427733
Branch Call Number: F Eug

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The narrator, a hermaphrodite, traces the path of the gene in her family that has led to being born "twice," first as a girl, and then as a boy 14 years later.


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Nov 16, 2014
  • LucasHill rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite books of all time. This is a thoroughly engrossing story.

Nov 09, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A thoroughly engrossing family saga with surprising plot developments, fascinating characters, and intriguing historical detail.

Aug 03, 2013
  • K_ROK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What an amazing book, totally worth the read. I was so sad that this book ended because I got so enthralled with the characters and the story I just wanted to keep reading. Five stars all the way!

Jun 17, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ambitious, compassionate, heartbreaking and often hilarious, this Greek-American epic follows a family from the burning of Smyrna in 1922 by the Turks to suburban Detroit in the seventies. At its heart, a lovable character christened Calliope is transfigured from girl to boy. Along with his rare genetic make-up—the outcome of history and ancestry—Cal has acquired a prescience that grants him the role of family storyteller.

Jan 15, 2013
  • joanniek rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thought it was fantastic! I love the voice Eugenides gave to Calliope.

Dec 07, 2012
  • azor rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was very rewarding. A must read.

An excellent book. As the Ottawa Citizen review indicates a " ... funny, sad, tragic, beautifully rendered..."

Jul 29, 2012
  • skylars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Little hard to get into, but once I did, couldn't put it down. It was a great book. Lots of history and detail of people's lives. Googled the book when I was finished, to answer the most asked question...why did Cal call his brother Chapter Eleven??

Jul 13, 2012
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book, though certain elements seemed superfluous, most particularly the parts related to the Nation of Islam. Nonetheless, Eugenides is a clever and engaging writer and I look forward to his next project.

Jun 30, 2012
  • ange_f rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Among my favourite books of all time. It took me two tries to get into this book, but once I was I loved the language and the characters. Highly recommended.

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Calliope's friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparent's desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s. 544p.

Jul 28, 2010
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Pulitzer Prize winner

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