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Middlesex

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Publisher: New York : Picador/Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2003, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st Picador edView all editions and formats
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Spanning eight decades and chronicling the wild ride of a Greek-American family through the vicissitudes of the twentieth century, Jeffrey Eugenides' novel on one level tells a traditional story about three generations of an immigrant family -- blessed and cursed with generous doses of tragedy and high comedy. But there's a provocative twist. Cal, the narrator -- also Callie -- is an hermaphrodite. And the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Bildungsromans
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Eugenides
ISBN: 0312422156 9780312422158
OCLC Number: 53142185
Description: viii, 529 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: 5050 Silver spoon --
Matchmaking --
Immodest proposal --
Silk road --
Henry Ford's --
English-language melting pot --
Minotaurs --
Marriage on ice --
Tricknology --
Clarinet serenade --
News of the world --
Ex ovo omnia --
Home movies --
Opa! --
Middlesex --
Mediterranean diet --
Wolverette --
Waxing lyrical --
Obscure object --
Tiresias in love --
Flesh and blood --
Gun on the wall --
Oracular vulva --
Looking myself up in Webster's --
Go west, young man --
Gender dysphoria in San Francisco --
Hermaphroditus --
Air-ride --
Last stop.
Responsibility: Jeffrey Eugenides.

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Spanning eight decades and chronicling the wild ride of a Greek-American family through the vicissitudes of the twentieth century, Jeffrey Eugenides' novel on one level tells a traditional story about three generations of an immigrant family -- blessed and cursed with generous doses of tragedy and high comedy. But there's a provocative twist. Cal, the narrator -- also Callie -- is an hermaphrodite. And the explanation for this takes us spooling back in time, through a breathtaking review of the twentieth century, to 1922, when the Turks sacked Smyrna and Callie's grandparents fled for their lives. Back to a tiny village in Asia Minor where two lovers, and one rare genetic mutation, set our narrator's life in motion.

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