Book Discussion: parts 1 and 2 of "Middlesex: A Novel," by Jeffrey Eugenides

Every 2nd Sunday of the month

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This is a mesmerizing saga of a near-mythic Greek American family and the "roller-coaster ride of a single gene through time." The odd but utterly believable story of Cal Stephanides, and how this 41-year-old hermaphrodite was raised as Calliope, is at the tender heart of this Pulitzer-prize winning novel. Eugenides weaves together a kaleidoscopic narrative spanning 80 years of a stained family history, from a fateful incestuous union in a small town in early 1920s Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit; from the early days of Ford Motors to the heated 1967 race riots; from the tony suburbs of Grosse Pointe and a confusing, aching adolescent love story to modern-day Berlin. Eugenides's command of the narrative is astonishing. He balances Cal/Callie's shifting voices convincingly, spinning this strange and often unsettling story with intelligence, insight, and generous amounts of humor.

We'll be reading parts 1 and 2 for our April meeting, and parts 3 and 4 for May. If people don't like it after reading the first half, we'll cancel it for May and read June's selection instead.

A casual gathering for gay men on the second Sunday of the month for fun and stimulating discussions about quality gay literature. Books are selected by participants several months in advance, and the only requirements for attending are to RSVP, to bring food or a beverage to share, and to have read a substantial part of what’s being discussed. Arrive as early at 6:00, discussion begins at 6:45 and ends by 8:30.