Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides


“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 driver’s license…records my first name simply as Cal.”

So begins the story of Cal, an audacious and lyrical narrator who tells the story of his own transformation by taking the reader through the story of his grandparents, Greek immigrants who settle in Prohibition-era Detroit, his upwardly mobile parents and the family’s resettlement in Grosse Pointe, and his own fascinating journey from Calliope to Cal.

For more sprawling, family sagas check these out:

The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

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