MiddleSex by Jeffrey Eugenides

http://us.macmillan.com/book.aspx?isbn=9780312427733

"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.

Middlesex is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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  • Michelle

    Im here

    December 19, 2013

  • Monica Yvette T.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone and broadening my reading horizon.

    December 7, 2013

  • Michelle

    Has anyone noticed the meaning of names? Almost every name has a Greek mythology basis.

    November 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have been listening to the book during my commute. The man narrating is great. Loved this book and I remember why. :)

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Michelle

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middlesex_(novel)

    "the novel chronicles the impact of a mutated gene on three generations of a Greek family, causing momentous changes in the protagonist's life. According to scholars, the novel's main themes are nature versus nurture, rebirth, and the differing experiences of polar opposites—such as those found between men and women. It discusses the pursuit of the American Dream and explores gender identity. The novel contains many allusions to Greek mythology, including creatures such as the Minotaur, half-man and half-bull, and the Chimera, a monster composed of various animal parts."

    November 4, 2013

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