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The Resource Middlesex

Middlesex

Label
Middlesex
Title
Middlesex
Statement of responsibility
Jeffrey Eugenides
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A dazzling triumph from the bestselling author of The Virgin Suicides—the astonishing tale of a gene that passes down through three generations of a Greek-American family and flowers in the body of a teenage girl.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 clasmate 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.Spanning eight decades—and one unusually awkward adolescence- Jeffrey Eugenides's long-awaited second novel is a grand, utterly original fable of crossed bloodlines, the intricacies of gender, and the deep, untidy promptings of desire. It marks the fulfillment of a huge talent, named one of America's best young novelists by both Granta and The New Yorker.Middlesex is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Summary
Calliope's friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparent's desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Great Lakes Book Awards, Fiction category, 2003.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2002.
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2003.
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069298
Cataloging source
DLC
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Eugenides, Jeffrey
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
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830
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
Middlesex
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781429956277
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Middlesex
Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781429956277
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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