By Jeffrey Eugenides
"I used to be born two times: first, as a toddler woman, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; after which back, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room close to Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . My delivery certificates lists my identify as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most up-to-date driver's license...records my first identify easily as Cal."
So starts the breathtaking tale of Calliope Stephanides and 3 generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family members who go back and forth from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days because the Motor urban, and the race riots of l967, sooner than they flow out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. to appreciate why Calliope isn't really like different ladies, she has to discover a responsible relatives mystery and the fantastic genetic background that turns Callie into Cal, the most audacious and wondrous narrators in modern fiction. Lyrical and exciting, Middlesex is a thrilling reinvention of the yankee epic.
Middlesex is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
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