"Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides

Cover image for the novel Middlesex, by Jeffrey EugenidesWritten ten years after his impressive debut The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex is Eugenides’ equally ambitious novel about Cal Stephanides, born Calliope Helen Stephanides. At age thirteen, it becomes apparent that Callie is not like other girls her age. When she is taken by her parents to a genetic specialist, the truth about her hermaphroditism sets Callie off on a quest to find out about her family and why she is the way she is. Weaving personal saga and ancestral histories with compassion and humor, this novel takes us through, among others, the Greco-Turkish War, the burning of Smyrna, and the Industrial Revolution in the US through the lens of a girl growing up in the immigrant Greek Orthodox community of 1970s Detroit at a time when that city itself is undergoing many changes.

The Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club has recently changed its meeting night. It will now meet the first Monday of every month at 7pm at La Casa, which is located right next door to the interim library. For more information, contact Ana Elisa de Campos Salles at anaelisa.decampossalles@dc.gov.