Rachel Pollinger – Staff Writer

  Looking for an interesting read? Look no further. The novel Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, published in 2002, won the Pulitzer Prize and became a bestseller.

It chronicles the life of Cal Stephanides, a hermaphrodite, and his extended family. Written in first person, the book journeys back to 20th century Greece to retell the story of Cal’s grandparents, Lefty and Desdemona, as they marry and immigrate to America, hiding a few secrets along the way.

Cal goes on to describe the story of his parents, Milton and Tessie, and the births of his brother; Chapter Eleven, and himself.

Brought up as a girl in Detroit in the 1960s, Cal experiences race riots, sex, and a startling outward transformation. Cal discovers he has 5-Alpha-Reductase deficiency and is therefore genetically a boy.

Cal runs away, embarking on a literal as well as spiritual journey, discovering who he is along the way.

The thought-provoking book contains comical moments as well as tragic scenes. The well-developed characters make the book enjoyable, even if the scattered Greek language is confusing at times.

While this book is highly recommended, it is a bit lengthy, so get cracking.


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