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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 classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them--along with Callie's failure to develop--leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all. The explanation for this shocking state of affairs takes us out of suburbia--back before the Detroit race riots of 1967, before the rise of the Motor City and Prohibition, 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 in motion the metamorphosis that will turn Callie into a being both mythical and perfectly real: a hermaphrodite.
Publisher: [North Kingstown, R.I.] : Sound Library, 2007
ISBN: 9780792751236
Additional Contributors: Tabori, Kristoffer


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Jun 30, 2019

The narrator for this audiobook has set the bar out of the stratosphere for any other audiobook I listen to!! I chose this book because it was one of Oprah's book club books, and the content did not disappoint either. I learned so much, and it definitely changed my perspective on some things I knew nothing about. Excellent audiobook!!

bnotash70 Jun 12, 2014

Excellent. The writing, the history, the subject ( so unusual, but made so personally understandable )matter, the characters---I enjoyed listening to this audiobook from the start to finish. The comments that others have written before me say it all!

Feb 16, 2014

This was my second time around with this book. The audiobook version was magnificent. Kristofer Taborri narration was so well done, at times I could hear my own grandmothers voice in Desdemona. I enjoyed the historical look of Detroit from prohibition through the 70's but most of all loved all of the references to being a Greek American.

Jan 16, 2013

I picked this book because it was from Oprah's book club. Now I know why it was picked by Oprah. It is very well written not only as a novel but as a book to teach reader somethings. I learned about history of Detroit and US as well we historic imigration movement of Greek to North America. However these are side materials that I learned. The major victory of this book is about opening a window toward people who are essentially neglected in the society while they have all the rights to have normal life like others and be accpepted, separate than their gender complexity.

Dec 28, 2012

Despite Eugenides' status as a local hero of sorts I never did rush to read any of his novels. Now I'm asking myself "why did I wait so long?" Middlesex was a real treat. I enjoyed that the story reached all the way back to the main character's grandparents' immigration to America, and the backstory was set up superbly. My only complaint would be that at times I found myself wanting to get back to the present time and real more about Cal, who was simply fascinating as a narrator. The blunt honestly of the book was another plus for me. It was both comic and serious, and a story that I believe will appeal to a wide range of open-minded readers.

Oct 10, 2012

Middlesex has been sitting on my bookshelf for several years. I kept picking it up, then putting it back and selecting something else. Frankly, the subject matter intimidated me. I somehow thought the book would be either immensely depressing or focused on over-the-top sexual issues. I was wrong on both counts. While Cal's ambiguous sexuality is, by necessity, a central theme of the book, this ambitious tome also is about history, culture and family influences. It progresses, without losing steam or the reader's interest, from the 1922 Turkish invasion of Greece, Prohibition, the Great Depression, World War II and the 1960s race riots to the early 2000s, following three generations of the Stephanides family. Along the way, as the central character narrates, plenty of can-do American spirit, old-world customs and humor infuse the story as Cal retraces the decisions of his forebears that made him who he is. Few authors could have written this story, let alone do it so effectively. Immensely creative, often touching and far more upbeat than expected. Middlesex is likely to become a classic.

Dec 21, 2009

I highly recommend this audio book for anyone who's looking for a fictional novel that's rich in foreign culture (in this case, Greek), history of immigration to America in the 20th century, generation gap, gender identity, great entertainment (the reader did a superb job), wonderful literature... a masterpiece in my opinion!


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