Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
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“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.” Is your interest piqued yet? This remarkably novel follows the life and family of Cal Stephanides or Calliope, depending on when you met our narrator. Eugenides does a remarkable job of weaving minute details of the past with satirical humor of the present. This novel was exciting, engaging, extremely funny, and very approachable for casual readers. That being said, those with any knowledge of Greek mythology will find particularly interesting and comical tidbits throughout the novel. This is probably the best novel I’ve read in at least the past 4 years. I’d highly recommend this to anyone, but I’d emphasis that they shouldn’t get hung up on the society-induced awkwardness they may feel from the situation the book discusses.