Monday, 7 May 2012

TALLAWAH BOOK CLUB PICK: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

OUT OF THIS WORLD: Eugenides delivers an absorbing pageturner.

From the celebrated author of the page-to-screen gem The Virgin Suicides, the Pulitzer-nabbing Middlesex (Picador) is nothing short of a feast of a novel, absolutely thrilling in the scope of its imagination and surprising in its moments of tenderness. At the same time, it delivers a fascinating mélange of chance, family, sex, surgery and bits of Americana.

Spanning three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family, Middlesex recounts the astounding story of Calliope, who is not like other girls, to say the very least. (Okay, she is a hermaphrodite.) But to arrive at her own truth, she must uncover an astonishing family secret that spans decades and continents, and the incredible genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, a rather audacious and engagingly witty guide for the reader.

Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex (our book club selection for May 2012) is an exhilarating achievement. It’s epic and spirited and drenched in imagination and curiosity while riddled with quiet yet lingering revelations.

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