Books Middlesex

Thumb_7c2e3b3b67af8ccc59adcf12524bce91 Jeffrey Eugenides
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • “Middlesex” isn’t really about Calliope/Cal’s shifting sexual identity, as important a role as it plays in the story. The transfiguration of a child from girl to boy, after all, is only one of the marvelous things that happens in the Stephanides family history…

  • Gore Vidal once joked that the advantage of bisexuality was that it doubled your chances of a date on a Saturday night. By extension, hermaphrodites could be said to have the third option of a good night in on their own. But in this epic novel narrated by an American born with twin-set genitals, Jeffrey Eugenides silences such cheap jokes with a rich comedy of his own.

Our Thoughts

Middlesex is a fascinating tale of distant secrets, uncomfortable adolescence and clandestine desire. Never saccharine, Euginedes examines the complexities of national and gender identities with wit and originality.

— Lily Power