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Middlesex (Oprah's Book Club Selection #58)

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karenb8, January 6, 2010 (view all comments by karenb8)
Multi-layered, complex, yet eminently readable.
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Made me want to write. Even more.
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Best book of the decade? It's possible...
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A fascinating life journey. Includes descriptions of Detroit over decades, from alcohol running to Canada to race riots of 1960's.
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hard choice over 10 years but this still sticks.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312427733
Author:
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Publisher:
Picador USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Teenagers
Subject:
Gender identity
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Oprah's Book Club
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.03 x 5.75 x 1.035 in

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Middlesex (Oprah's Book Club Selection #58) Used Trade Paper
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Product details 544 pages Picador USA - English 9780312427733 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Middlesex vibrates with wit....A virtuosic combination of elegy, sociohistorical study, and picaresque adventure: altogether irrestistable."
"Review" by , "[A]n uproarious epic, at once funny and sad, about misplaced identities and family secrets....Mr. Eugenides has a keen sociological eye for 20th-century American life."
"Review" by , "Middlesex isn't just a respectable sophomore effort; it's a towering achievement, and it can now be stated unequivocally that Eugenides' initial triumph wasn't a one-off or a fluke. He has emerged as the great American writer that many of us suspected him of being."
"Review" by , "It's a gas, a romp, the cat's pajamas....The convolutions of the novel's plot, its big gestures, its deftly handled threads of imagery and symbolism and its wealth of detail combine to produce a largely delightful read."
"Review" by , "[I]t's off proportionally, both section-to-section and overall, its two halves at odds, each interesting at times but neither truly satisfying, despite Eugenides's prodigious talent. Like Cal, it's damned by its own abundance, not quite sure what it wants to be." (read the entire Atlantic review)
"Review" by , "Here's your heads-up....Yes, it's that good....A novel of chance, family, sex, surgery, and America, it contains multitudes."
"Review" by , "A big, cheeky, splendid novel...it goes places few narrators would dare to tread...lyrical and fine."
"Review" by , "Part Tristram Shandy, part Ishmael, part Holden Caulfield, Cal is a wonderfully engaging narrator....A deeply affecting portrait of one family's tumultuous engagement with the American twentieth century."
"Review" by , "An epic....This feast of a novel is thrilling in the scope of its imagination and surprising in its tenderness."
"Review" by , "Unprecedented, astounding....The most reliably American story there is: A son of immigrants finally finds love after growing up feeling like a freak."
"Synopsis" by , The Pulitzer Prize-winning story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American family who travel from a tiny village. Calliope is not like other girls and must 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent drivers license...records my first name simply as Cal."

So begins 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 of l967, before they move 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.

 
Middlesex is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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