Middlesex is quite possibly my favorite book of all time. In 1974 Calliope Stephanides struggles to understand why she feels so different from other girls her age. The explanation takes her back to Detroit in the 1960s and even further to Greece in the 1920s where a rare genetic mutation sets in motion the course of events that brings usto Calliope's unusually complicated adolescence. This is storytelling at its best--unique plot, colorful characters, satisfying to the end!
Dangling a silver spoon over her daughter-in-law's belly, Desdemona confidently predicts that her next grandchild will be a boy. But a rogue pair of chromosomes, descended from the slopes of Mount Olympus, will survive war, bootleggers and heartbreak to finally unite in Calliope Stephanides - a baby girl who upsets all the odds. Growing up in Michigan, Calliope is the bearer of a family secret that turns her into Cal, the narrator of this intersex, inter-generational epic.