Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

Middlesex is Jeffrey Eugenides’ most famous book that has been translated into many languages ​​and sold millions. I had read and loved Eugenides’ book The Marriage Plot before, and it was finally time to read his most famous book.



Middlesex is a book that contains almost everything: incest relationships, history, war, immigration, love, identity, sexual experiences and a million more. But it is actually a family tale, a novel of change and growth. You’ll understand this is a novel that can have many things at once. As you come across the lives of its colourful characters and the colours that vary from culture to culture, you will see a small part of the world in the book. I cannot suggest it much if you are looking for a light read because it is not an easy read. However, if you want to read something different and get lost for a while in a family with a fascinating story, you might like it. Enjoy!

Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides


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.

So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and her truly unique family secret, born on the slopes of Mount Olympus and passed on through three generations.

Growing up in 70s Michigan, Calliope s special inheritance will turn her into Cal, the narrator of this intersex. Inter-generational epic of immigrant life in 20th century America. Middlesex won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Kent Eugenides is an American novelist and short-story writer. He has written numerous short stories and essays, as well as three novels. The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex, and The Marriage Plot.

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