Book Review: Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides

index (2)Narrated by Calliope/Cal Stephanides, this novel combines the story of one Greek-American family and one of its members. The first half of the story follows Desdemona and Lefty as they narrowly escape death in Smyrna, Turkey and immigrate to Detroit in the early 1920s. The rise and decline of 20th century Detroit is seen through the family’s eyes. The second part of the novel focuses on Cal’s growing up and how she discovers that she is really he. This section seemed too drawn out and in spite of the uniqueness of Cal’s anatomy, more ordinary with its focus on adolescent self-awakening. Middlesex won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2003 and was an Oprah Book Club choice in 2007.

RATING: * * * A good read

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Reviewed by: kh

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