Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Place and a Condition

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan in August of 1974."

So begins this book and the explanation for this intriguing conundrum comes promptly thereafter, when we learn of the narrator's ancient genetic mutation, in conjunction with a brief smattering of the contradictions in the speaker's life that led up to, and immediately followed, this astounding discovery. Fascinating, right - and that's just on the first pages of this novel.

"Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo Books (for other eReader formats), iTunes (in iBook or audiobook form), The Book Depository (free worldwide delivery), new or used from Alibris, Better World Books or from an IndieBound store near you. This is a version of my review that appears on Curious Book Fans, Dooyoo and previously appeared on {the now defunct} Yahoo! Contributor Network.
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