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Middlesex (Oprah's Book Club Selection #58) by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex (Oprah's Book Club Selection #58)

CT, January 11, 2010

As a member of 2 book clubs, I read many excellent books in the last decade. Middlesex, however, impressed me enough that I re-read the book on my own time. Middlesex is a sweeping overview of the twentieth century, beginning with the 1922 war between the Turks and Greeks, moving on to immigration to the United States, working for Henry Ford in Detroit, Prohibition, small business and the American Dream, the culture wars of the sixties, etc. The main character, however is the young man, Cal, born Calliope, an intersexed person believed to be a female by his naive parents. Author Jeffrey Eugenides treats his characters with respect, sensitivity and humor. The title, Middlesex, is a play on words, referring not only to Cal's sexual issues, but also to the name of the house and street where Cal's family lives in Grosse Point, Michigan. The book won many awards, including the Pulitizer Prize, Ambassador Book Award and the Great Lakes Book Award. Middlesex was also an Oprah Book Club Selection.
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