Title Profile & Character Information

Middlesex

Annotation
"In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking strawberry blond classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all." "The explanation for this shocking state of affairs is a rare genetic mutation - and a guilty secret - that have followed Callie's grandparents from the crumbling Ottoman Empire to Prohibition-era Detroit and beyond, outlasting the glory days of the Motor City, the race riots of 1967, and the family's second migration, into the foreign country known as suburbia. Thanks to the gene, Callie is part girl, part boy. And even though the gene's epic travels have ended, her own odyssey has only begun."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
2002  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
2002  New York Times Editors' Choice
2002  Library Journal Best Books of the Year
2003  Pulitzer Prize
2003  Great Lakes Book Awards
2003  Ambassador Book Awards

Characters
NameStephanides, Calliope
TraitsGreek American
Hermaphrodite

GenreFiction
Coming of age
Psychological
TopicsGrandparents
Incest
Family secrets
Hermaphrodites
Adolescence
Sexual awakening
Gender identity
Sexual identity
SettingDetroit, Michigan
Suburb