Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 544 Pages, 5.51 × 7.87 × 0.79 in
Published: September 30, 2003
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0312422156
ISBN - 13: 9780312422158
From the Publisher
""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
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
"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." --"The New York Times"
"Expansive and radiantly generous. . . Deliriously American."
--"The New York Times Book Review" (cover review)
"A towering achievement. . . . [Eugenides] has emerged as the great
American writer that many of us suspected him of being." -"-Los
Angeles Times Book Review "(cover review)
"A big, cheeky, splendid novel. . . it goes places few narrators
would dare to tread. . . lyrical and fine." --"The Boston Globe"
"An epic. . . This feast of a novel is thrilling in the scope of
its imagination and surprising in its tenderness." --"People"
"Unprecedented, astounding. . . . The most reliably American story
there is: A son of immigrants finally finds love after growing up
feeling like a freak." --"San Francisco Chronicle Book Review"
"Middlesex is about a hermaphrodite in the way that Thomas Wolfe''s
Look Homeward, Angel is about a teenage boy. . . A novel of chance,
family, sex, surgery, and America, it contains multitudes."
"Wildly imaginative. . . frequently hilarious and touching." --"USA