REVIEW: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Originally published 2015-03-21: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides TBR Pile Challenge Review 5

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides was an astonishing, gripping piece of literature that I found difficult to put down. This story of one Greek-American family’s trials, love affairs, and tragedies is well told in the mesmerizing voice of the narrator, Cal, who I felt an affinity with almost immediately.

cover of Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides


The storyline of this book is fluid, often going back generations, forward, then skipping a part here or there only to circle back around to it later. I don’t normally like this kind of time warp, but for the story of Calliope Stephanides and the twisted confusion of her family tree, it works.

My Rating

Some of the characters, like Cal/Callie, I liked immediately. Others I loved to hate almost as much. There were a few lulls in the book, but the overall mystery, whose answer was alluded to and danced around for chapters at a time, kept me going. I’m glad I was able to read and finish this book. It’s a story that will stick with me for a long time.

I give it five of five stars. A must-read for anyone with an open mind and a taste for the exotic.

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