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Middlesex Middlesex tells 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 ofbefore moving 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


About the Author: Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Kent Eugenides is an American Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and short story writer of Greek and Irish extraction.Eugenides was born in Detroit, Michigan, of Greek and Irish descent He attended Grosse Pointe s private University Liggett School He took his undergraduate degree at Brown University, graduating in 1983 He later earned an M.A in Creative Writing from Stanford University.In 1986 he received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship for his story Here Comes Winston, Full of the Holy Spirit His 1993 novel, The Virgin Suicides, gained mainstream interest with the 1999 film adaptation directed by Sofia Coppola The novel was reissued in 2009.Eugenides is reluctant to appear in public or disclose details about his private life, except through Michigan area book signings in which he details the influence of Detroit and his high school experiences on his writings He has said that he has been haunted by the decline of Detroit.Jeffrey Eugenides lives in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife, the photographer and sculptor Karen Yamauchi, and their daughter In the fall of 2007, Eugenides joined the faculty of Princeton University s Program in Creative Writing.His 2002 novel, Middlesex, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the Ambassador Book Award Part of it was set in Berlin, Germany, where Eugenides lived from 1999 to 2004, but it was chiefly concerned with the Greek American immigrant experience in the United States, against the rise and fall of Detroit It explores the experience of the intersexed in the USA Eugenides has also published short stories.Eugenides is the editor of the collection of short stories titled My Mistress s Sparrow is Dead The proceeds of the collection go to the writing center 826 Chicago, established to encourage young people s writing.http us.macmillan.com author jeffrehttp www.harpercollins.co.uk Author



10 thoughts on “Middlesex

  1. says:

    I got off the bus from Bumbershoot around 1 AM, exhausted Convinced that even the cars speeding past my window couldn t keep me from this night s rest, I opened the door to a stench of exceptional vileness Not a dead stench, or a spoiled food stench This was the stench of sewage From a spot in the center of the living room I surveyed the apartment


  2. says:

    Don t judge a book by its cover.I d seen this book on the shelves of a number of friends and in the arms of a number of travelers, so I decided to pick it up The title, Middlesex , suggested English countryside to me On the cover was what looked like a steamship, and a quote on the back began Part Tristram Shanty, part Ishmael So I came to the foolish conc


  3. says:

    I was born twice first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960 and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974I d heard Middlesex was about a character who was born intersex and raised as a girl a compelling enough premise on its own but I didn t realize this book was a rich, complex


  4. says:

    Alright, it s high time I review this hermaphroditic little masterpiece.Being a pseudo biochemist pseudo in the sense that I only pretend to be a biochemist, whereas in reality I write scientific development reports and other documents that no one will ever read but which I ve convinced myself are just as fulfilling as doing real science , I find the premise of this novel t


  5. says:

    Exactly the flawless masterpiece you ve heard it is I ve read hundreds of novels in my day, the stuff from the Gods to anyone with an eye brain to receive from the way up up up heights.This is LIFE AFFIRMING literature that s meant to be treasured for the rest of your blessed life Exactly the flawless masterpiece you ve heard it is I ve read hundreds of novels in my day, this is in


  6. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This would have been better as an NPR story or an episode of This American Life than a novel Or maybe if someone other than Eugenides had written it An interesting idea, and a few engrossing sex scenes I like the crocus and the peep tank, and the whole long flirtation with The Object drew me in completely , and a


  7. says:

    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is a surprising and wonderfully written story about the life of Calliope Cal Stephanopolis who in the opening lines was born twice first, as a baby girland then again as a teenage boy The subject of hermaphroditism or intersexuality is addressed throughout as the book as a running theme as the cin matographique narrator Cal looks back at his childhood as Calliope and ex


  8. says:

    This isn t so much a review as an embarrassing story I gave the book four stars for a reason The writing is beautiful I would recommend it Now onwards to my shame.So Brooke and I were standing in line to meet Eugenides Please understand it was a really long line after a similarly long day at work We passed the time chitchatting about this and that at our workplace and life in general By the time the organizer


  9. says:

    This is a book about transition.Transition from child to adult to parent and grandparent.From native to immigrant.From brother and sister to husband and wife.From rural dweller to urbanite.From modest affluence to poverty and up again.From loving language to losing the power of speech.From geek to hippie From war through peace to civil unrest.From belief to unbelief.From rescued to rescuer.From moral probity to corrup


  10. says:

    Some people inherit houses others paintings or highly insured violin bows Still others get a Japanese tansu or a famous name I got a recessive gene on my fifth chromosome and some very rare family jewels indeed Let me say first that Jeffrey Eugenides is an extraordinary storyteller Why I ve waited so long to read one of his books is beyond me Middlesex is an epic multi generational saga of a Greek family with one of the most e


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