Eugenides, Jeffrey

Book - 2002
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
"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
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!

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

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

Jan 01, 2013
  • adoranti rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I am reading this for the second time and i had forgotten all the intricate detail Eugenides incorporates in this book. It is a fantastic read and so much fun to read if you are from Detroit, the research he puts into this story is incredible. A great read!

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

This book was very rewarding. A must read.

Aug 03, 2012

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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