Middlesex
by Jeffery Eudenides
fiction
From The Jacket:I was born twice, first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent drivers 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 , 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.
Excellent read! There is more to this book than the title suggests. Its not just the life story of a Hermaphrodite. It's the story of a Greek family and their struggles.
by-PBR 2009/03/16, 06:49 PM
 
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