A Timely Read

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides was one of the top reads in 2007, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and since I'm enjoying it right now, I'd like to recommend it to any who haven't read it yet.
In the novel, Middlesex refers to the boulevard on which the Stephanides family, 2nd generation Greeks, buys a house in the Grosse Pointe section of the Chicago suburbs (a destination of many during the white flight after the 1967 race riots, or guerrilla uprising, as the narrator prefers to call them). Only by paying cash can the Stephanides family subvert the "point system" that ensured only white middle-class home buyers in Grosse Pointe.
Middlesex also refers to the gender identity of the narrator, Calliope/Cal, who "was born twice: first, as a baby girl,...and then again, as a teenage boy."
Although the unsettling of gender identities drives the narrative, I think the novel provides equal insights about whiteness and immigrant identity in America in the mid-20th century.
A great read at a moment when Americans are rehashing their ideas about gender, racial, and ethnic identities through the presidential primaries.
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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:55 PM

    I've been hearing about this book from a few different people lately - I'll have to check it out. thanks for the recommendation!


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