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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
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Apr 09, 2012

really liked it
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Read in April, 2012

Cal has both male and female organs and is raised as a girl but at puberty, finds out that s/he is genetically male.

I loved this once it got into Cal's story. I found the first 200 pages, about the grandparents and parents, rather slow. But to be fair, that is because I am particularly interested in gender-related matters (partly because I once had a boyfriend with Klinefelter's syndrome, another form of intersexuality) and was impatient to get to that part. I don't suppose it would have won the Pulitzer without the immigration story which gives it a place in the lineage of the great American novel.

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04/05/2012 page 160
04/07/2012 page 200
38.0% "I'm finding this rather slow. Page 200 and the main character isn't born yet..."

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message 1: by Kate (new)

Kate It's one of my favourite books. It's not just about the main character, but how they try to work out how they ended up with their particular genetic damage. Hope you enjoy the book.

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