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In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blond ... Show synopsis

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  • A bit Bizarre???? Jul 12, 2014
    by maryross

    Difficult to get into...bogs down with esoteric language and thoughts but...worth the effort just to see how the author pulls it all together.

  • Good but Different Nov 17, 2011
    by Catherine G

    This story is the coming of age of a hermafrodite, And also the story of his grandparents, which is quite colorful. It is easy reading and keeps your interest.

  • Surpisingly, I liked it! 4.5 stars! Jun 29, 2008
    by pamela1717

    I'll have to join the ranks of many of the other reviewers here and say I probably never would have read this book if it hadn't been chosen for my book club. I, too, thought the story would be a one dimensional search for gender identity--not so. I was hooked from the beginning. I would describe the story as one of an American family through generations--their journey just happened to produce a certain side effect compared to other families' journeys. Being just a few years younger than Cal I appreciated the nostalgic references to the cultural symbols, products, events, and fashions/styles of the day. I thought the author also chose an interesting omnicient narrative style (by Cal) for the story as well. I did have a couple of squirmy moments (the scenes with Dr. Luce really creeped me out). I only give it 4.5 stars simply because I would really have to know someone fairly well to recommend the book.

  • Y E S ! ! ! Jan 11, 2008
    by Nana38

    I was hooked by the opening sentence and taken on a journey into another world.
    This is an outstanding example of how fiction can educate and enlighten us.
    The author has created a hero (heroine) we can admire, empathize with and laugh
    with through a difficult life changing self discovery.

    A perfect book for Book Club discussions!

  • Underwhelming Jan 10, 2008
    by bookboy

    Although it's a well written novel and moves along at a brisk pace, I never got the "wow" factor that so many others seemed to get from this novel. Truly I was amazed that not only was this a bestseller but also a Pulitzer prize winner too.

    Essentially Middlesex is two novels in one. The first half is a historical emigrant novel against the back drop of historical events and the second half is a coming of age novel of an awkward girl who just so happens to be a hermaphrodite.

    I was really expecting something more, something edgy, something gritty. Middlesex is a novel for middle America who want to read a "safe" novel without feeling uncomfortable about the subject matter. In that regard it succeeds.

    The only thing I enjoyed was the realization why Cal's brother is called Chapter Eleven. Ultimately I was extremely underwhelmed with it all.

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