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Middlesex
Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
A dazzling triumph from the bestselling author of The Virgin Suicides--the astonishing tale of a gene that passes down through three generations of a Greek-American family and flowers in the body of a teenage girl.In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry blond clasmate 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 takes us out of suburbia- back before the Detroit race riots of 1967, before the rise of the Motor City and Prohibition, to 1922, when the Turks sacked Smyrna and Callie's grandparents fled for their lives. Back to a tiny village in Asia Minor where two lovers, and one rare genetic mutation, set in motion the metamorphosis that will turn Callie into a being both mythical and perfectly real: a hermaphrodite.Spanning eight decades--and one unusually awkward adolescence- Jeffrey Eugenides's long-awaited second novel is a grand, utterly original fable of crossed bloodlines, the intricacies of gender, and the deep, untidy promptings of desire. It marks the fulfillment of a huge talent, named one of America's best young novelists by both Granta and The New Yorker.Middlesex is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
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Samplergal
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#CoverCrush. #7Days7Covers. #BritishCover #2 Play along it you like. I am doing this a second time just posting the British covers.

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Leftcoastzen Nice! One of the books that is often challenged! #bannedbooksweek 4w
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veritysalter
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September has been a good reading month so far..

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veritysalter
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Pickpick

I became totally absorbed in this beautifully written book. Following the lives of three generations of an immigrant Greek family in the United States and the series of events that led the protagonist, Cal, to discover their truth.

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veritysalter
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“Biology gives you a brain. Life turns it into a mind.” (Page 479. ISBN 978-0-00-752864-6)

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TamTracy
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#7dayd7covers #covercrush
Day 4

@Lauram Want to play? Post one cover a day no explanations needed and tag someone every day!

Emilymdxn That‘s a really gorgeous one! 1mo
Ruthiella You pair your backgrounds so perfectly with the covers! 😍 1mo
TamTracy @Emilymdxn Thank you!!!! 1mo
TamTracy @Ruthiella Thanks so much ♥️ 1mo
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bromeliad
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Pickpick

Ploughed through this one in 3 days, though I had hoped to finish it in August. Ah well, close enough!

Megabooks Such a wonderful novel! 2mo
bromeliad @Megabooks right?? Definitely one of my favorites this year! 2mo
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bromeliad
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Ha! 🤣

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Book_Fairy_Mary
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When all fiction paperbacks are on sale for $1.00
#takemymoney #buyallthebooks

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Catsandbooks
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️💫2.5 /5 stars While there were some nice passages about Cal's culture and family history, I would have given up on this book if it weren't for my book club. There was not enough about Calliope/Cal and too much about family stories and incest.

rwmg Oh dear, I've got this on my virtual TBR shelf, but pretty far down the list. 4mo
Catsandbooks @rwmg well if it makes you feel better my book club was split. Half of our group liked it, while the other half didn't. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4mo
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Echo
Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides

People were falling in love, getting married, going to drug rehab, learning how to ice skate, getting bifocals, studying for exams, trying on clothes, getting their hair cut, and getting born. And in some of those houses people were getting old and sick and were dying, leaving others to grieve. It was happening all the time, unnoticed, and it was the thing that really mattered.

Suet624 This reminded me of how much I liked this book. Thank you!
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Catsandbooks
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Trying to get through Middlesex for my local book club this coming week. It reads more like a memoir rather than a fiction tale which keeps throwing me off.
#pridereads

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I really liked this one. It's almost like 3 books in one. 4mo
Catsandbooks @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Makes me feel better to know you liked it! It's been really slow going for me. I'm currently on Book Two. 4mo
rwmg It's on my virtual TBR shelf, which is getting out of control 4mo
Catsandbooks @rwmg haha I know the feeling 😂 4mo
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But in the end it wasn't up to me. The bigs things never are. Birth, I mean, and death. And love. And what love bequeaths to us before we're born.

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autopanic
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When everything is stressful and you're about to have a breakdown, it's time to escape. #anxiety #reading #stressrelief

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Echo
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“Posthumously declassified” is my new favorite thing to call what my family likes to do a funerals.

“... suffering the the anxiety that modern conveniences would induce in her over the years...” perfectly describes my mother.

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Echo
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Kids playing, gumbo simmering, overcast sky, comfortable 85 degrees. I‘m in my happy place.

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Echo
Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides

If you don‘t get a sense of the family being dysfunctional by page 4, you haven‘t been paying attention. The brother isn‘t named as of yet, only referred to as “Chapter Eleven”. 😂😂

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Echo
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Starting this with breakfast and noises kids and Scooby Doo.

Mitch I hope you can escape inside a book for a while 👍🏼 5mo
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LiterRohde
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“Biology gives you a brain. Life turns it into a mind.”

#MayMovieMagic | 21: #WhereIsMyMind

📷: Made with Typorama

Jeannineth I love this book so much. It felt tedious when I read it but that story stayed with me for year. 5mo
AmyG Such a wonderful boplace m. Yes, it does @Jeannineth 5mo
rohit-sawant That's a great quote! 🙌🏼 5mo
Cinfhen Need to finally read this book! That line is brilliant. 5mo
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EmilieGR
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Though provoking and engaging

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autopanic
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I wish I could get paid to read. Cosied up on a chilly but sunny Sunday evening.

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Jason7
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Eugenides spends a lot of time laying the groundwork in this Pulitzer Prize winner. The first half of the audiobook, which is over ten hours, isn‘t all that compelling, but it is necessary to fully understand this family saga that covers 3 generations of a closely knit Greek-American family. The second half is much more engaging. The narrator is above average. Overall rating: 4.30 stars.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Fantastic book! 6mo
Jason7 It is a good one, though I liked his other novel, The Marriage Plot, even more. 6mo
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tammysue
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Day 15: NASCAR #games 🤷🏼‍♀️
Day 16: #SpellMarchWithBookTitles
•Middlesex
•A Virtuous Woman
•Reading People
•Concubines Children, The
•Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The

#LiteraryLuck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣💚💚💚💚🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀 7mo
vkois88 👍👍👍 7mo
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lynneamch
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One of the best first lines ever! Eugenides captures the complexities of so many social issues, including the personal effects of the #Detroit67 riot. It's worth examining whether naming it Rebellion or Uprising is more useful in understanding its causes. It was, indeed, a long hot summer before my Junior year of High School. 💔 #MittenLitten #TimbitTunes @TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Here are two more Detroit recommendations @RachelO I‘ve been meaning to read Middlesex forever!!! 8mo
AmyG This is one of my most favorote books. @Cinfhen If you have it...read it. It‘s THAT good. 8mo
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Cinfhen I do own it @AmyG I‘m gonna get to it soon 😅 8mo
Redwritinghood This is a great book. I loved it. 8mo
RachelO @Cinfhen @lynneamch Well thank you - I‘d wondered about this one - looks like I‘ll need to actually read it, seeing the glowing recommendations. Maybe I need a Detroit season. Followed by a field trip 😁 The other book sounds great too. 📚📚📚 8mo
Suet624 I keep thinking I‘ve read this book but I also know that I haven‘t. Maybe I should actually get it done! 8mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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One of my favourite books is largely set in Detroit (but not just in '67). #Detroit67 #TimbitTunes @Cinfhen

Sorry that I've been a bit absent over the last couple days. I've been really sick, and looking at my phone has made me woozy! I've been trying to at least check out as many #TimbitTunes posts as I can!

monalyisha Hope you feel better soon! 💕 8mo
Cinfhen Sorry you haven‘t been feeling well xx it‘s been a wicked season ~ sending well wishes 💚💚💚 8mo
AmyG Hope you feel better soon. This book is one of my most favorites, too. 8mo
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cobwebmoth Hope you're feeling better soon! 8mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This book is so good! 8mo
JennyM Feel better soon 😘😘😘 8mo
Melissa_J I loved that book! Also, I hope you get better quick! 8mo
CoffeeK8 Glad you‘re feeling better... this is such an amazing book! 8mo
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Sorceress_Of_Books
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#WeNeedDiverseBooks this book gave me so many feeling and opened my eyes! I read this when I was in high school and still think about this book! I still recommend this many years later #24in48 18 hour challenge

sprainedbrain Love that book! 9mo
Julsmarshall Love this one too! 9mo
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Kdgordon88
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My choices for #24B4Monday. Can‘t start til tomorrow evening but excited to participate.
@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Kaye Good luck 🍀 9mo
TheReadingMermaid We're excited to have you sweetie! I look forward to your posts over the weekend 🤗💕 9mo
Andrew65 Good luck, some great choices. 9mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974." These words caught my attention and made me buy the book, when I was mindlessly browsing in a bookstore. Until today it remains as one of my fav books of all time. I've never read a book about a hermaphrodite before, so this is a #UniqueRead to me ?⬇️

Pricel101 I hope you love this read! I loved Annabel as well, a truly beautiful novel! 10mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This book is fantastic! 10mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz @Pricel101 thank you for sharing! Though you didn't help with my TBR ahahaha 😅 10mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego you've read it too? Yes I agree! I only like this book of his... Didn't really enjoy and 10mo
ephemeralwaltz I didn't enjoy Virgin Suicides either but am looking forward to Middlesex! 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds interesting!! 10mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks yes it is! I do hope you'll get to read it too, Misty! 😊 10mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @ephemeralwaltz I hope you'll enjoy it too! 😊 10mo
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michaelgray
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Really insightful and fascinating exploration of sex and gender. Received it as a Christmas gift from a colleague. Reminded me a lot of D.H. Lawrence. The description of the gene navigating down the generations was electrifying

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Lcsmcat
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The best recommendation I can think of for this book is the Facebook post my then-teenaged daughter wrote. If she could admit her mother was right you know this is a book YOU should read too. 😀 #adventrecommends @emilyrose_x

Crazeedi I just got this book at my library book sale. Cant wait to read it 10mo
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kelseynicburke
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Cal 💙

Reggie Nice post. I loved this book. 10mo
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Talewaggingreads
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And so it begins. #audiostuffing. I love the rituals tied to holiday meals. 💞🍗🥧🍷

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JessJess16
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Pickpick

Great read

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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#family #fallintoreading @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Sharing a quote on family/marriage from one of my fav reads of all time Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
vkois88 😊😊😊 12mo
michaelgray @g3sp what a line 10mo
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britt_brooke
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📖 Middlesex
📝 Cormac McCarthy
🎬 Major League
🍝meatballs

#manicmonday #letterm

TheLibrarian Meatballs are so good. 12mo
britt_brooke @TheLibrarian So good! 🍝🙌🏻 12mo
JoScho Yes they are and from a crockpot at a party! Gobble them all up! 12mo
britt_brooke @JoScho Yes!! 😋 12mo
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Insightsintobooks
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AmyG SO GOOD. 13mo
LizBurton He‘s on my must-read list. 13mo
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HotMessJess
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Two days in a row going to the sites where my two favorite used book stores are😳😳😳
My bank account is quivering, but I scored this #Bookhaul for only $4.50!! I‘ve wanted to reread Middlesex FOREVER!! I read it in HS and loved it. So excited to find it today!

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youneverarrived
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#agameoffavorites All three of these I absolutely love. The tagged book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2003.

TheKidUpstairs 💖💖💖 Middlesex is one of my absolute favourites! 1y
jmofo The trouble with loving longer books and loving rereading my favorites and the impossible tbr list is something‘s gotta give. I can‘t wait to reread this beaut! So amazing! 1y
youneverarrived @jmofo I know that feeling well 😂 I do want to reread this one at some point. It‘s probably been about 10 year since I read it. 1y
DivineDiana On the #TBR! 😕 1y
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Josa_Pagosa88
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A Facebook challenge I figured I‘d share too. 7 books I love. Although I‘ll give an explanation. This gem is one of the best books I‘ve found at the ARC. Total glorious accident. Love it.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👍📚 1y
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Temger09
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“She understood that her heart operated on its own instructions, that she had no control over it or, indeed, anything else.”

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Addison1
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I found this in the library after not finding ‘The Virgin Suicides‘. I was drawn to the intersex main character, but worried I wouldn‘t finish it by the due date. I finished ahead of schedule! A compelling story of an intersex man‘s journey of identity growing up in middle class Midwest, and the family history that brought them all to that place, with all the good, the bad, and the ugly. The pace felt like a beautiful glissando on a grand piano.

Addison1 I plan to buy a copies for my family. I think Cal‘s experience might help them understand my identity a bit better as well. 1y
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Kalalalatja
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A stack of books about young people just trying to #actnaturally and hide their awkwardness, or their secrets 📚

#HeyJune

GypsyKat Nice picture! 1y
BarbaraBB Beautiful picture and great choices for this prompt! 1y
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It‘s rare that I read a 500+ page book, but this one kept me guessing and speed reading through every chance I had the last two weeks. I loved it all, but felt it ended a bit too abruptly - I want more young Cal prior to Berlin. Told like a fairy tale, but so much better grounded in reality.

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erinreads
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Starting a community library at my office and these are all books culled from my library (duplicates with my husband, books I didn‘t care for but think others might enjoy) and a slew of my favorites from the library bookstore that I got for cheap that I‘ll be starting with to fill the shelves. I‘m hoping it catches on and people take and leave books and maybe even I get some new ones. 🤞🏻 Setting it up next week to kick off the summer at work!

InBooksILive What a great idea! 1y
sprainedbrain We did this at my office a couple of years ago! 1y
tammysue Lovely idea! 😊 1y
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Lcsmcat I see some favorites there! 1y
Dolly Great selection, lucky people! ❤️ 1y
GatheringBooks these are awesome titles! great picks! 1y
CrowCAH Great idea; hope it goes well!!! 1y
Leftcoastzen Hopefully they will see your example and add to the selections! 1y
Elizabeth2 Love this! Best of luck! I hope it takes off. 📚 1y
Weaponxgirl I see four that I would snatch up in an instant! 1y
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jdsass
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You know those books that you read again and again? This is that book for me. As with his Virgin Suicides debut, Eugenidea crafts characters in Middlesex that are are complex and compelling and pairs it with dramatic plots and intense, well-crafted writing. Middlesex is one part Greek tragedy, one park Shakespearean comedy, and all Detroit authenticity.

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy!!! 📚🎉🤗 Checkout these #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: http://bit.ly/litsyvideos 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!!! 1y
Leftcoastzen Hi!Glad you are here! 1y
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asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy!! 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great book! Welcome to Litsy 👋😁 1y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 😊👋🏻 1y
Swe_Eva It‘s on my Mt. TBR. Welcome! 1y
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3njennn
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I was listening to this on audio as I recovered from LASIK surgery. It got me through the first hours. Good read!

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IamIamIam
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I didn't really see this coming! Lol

https://bookriot.com/?p=158600

Find your bookish boyfriend! Thanks, @99problemsbutabookaint1 for sharing!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I got Henry from The Time Traveler's Wife 1y
corycatelyn I got Mr. Darcy...which of course I've never read any of her books, but I know that's a good choice 😂 1y
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Kdgordon88
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So excited! This book has been on my radar for such a long time and now I own the book thanks to the kindness and generosity of @Kaye Thank you so much!

AmyG I loved this book. SO GOOD. 1y
Lcsmcat This is an amazing book! 1y
Kaye I‘m glad it arrived finally. I shipped it book rate, which took longer. They said it‘d be a week, so they were about right. I‘m glad you didn‘t have it yet. 😊Enjoy 1y
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rwmg
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I haven't read this. Maybe I should.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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A tough one to review... good writing & later when I switched to narration, good narrator. But despite that I kept putting it down and then not picking it back up for long stretches of time. The family saga, which was supposedly the backdrop of the transmission of a recessive gene through the generations, was itself very interesting...so much so that it overshadowed the main focus of the storyline, Cal, a great deal of the time for me. (Cont...)

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ... I find myself wishing he‘d have stayed with the semi-autobiographical family saga and not tried to mix in the story of an intersex gene...which I‘m sure was revolutionary at the time, but now 15 years after it came out seemed sort of exploitative to me, like it was something he added in to get people to look twice and take notice of his family generational saga. I read that the author read a memoir of an actual intersex individual and was.... 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ... dissatisfied with its discussions of intersex emotions and anatomy, but I‘m not sure that I feel that merely adding an intersex character and sexing them up a bit was exactly the way to do their story justice, or that it was his place to translate their emotions to the world for them. 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa The male author explores those emotions by managing to work in a ‘lesbian‘-esque love story (while the character still considers themselves female) & a runaway storyline that of course ends in an exploitative nightclub.🙄Reading it now, those parts feel very trite (lifetime movie of the week) compared to the old country and early immigrant storylines which I enjoyed much better for their originality. Just shows how much time changes perspective. 1y
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emilyhaldi Very insightful review. I have been meaning to read this for years but have seen several reviews like yours and am hesitant to pick it up 😬 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @emilyhaldi I think it‘s still worth reading, but like many books, it has to be read with the leeway given to other books that are products of their times. Like some classics that have unfortunate portrayals of women or African Americans now, but were completely normal during the time they were written. In this case, we as a society have made a leap (I still believe) concerning the attitude towards variations on the gender and sexual spectrum... 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ... which made this for me feel dated already. But when it was published, that definitely wasn‘t true and I‘m sure it was groundbreaking in presenting something few knew of or thought about. Time changes perspective so much and what was I‘m sure a watershed book and character, just feels less so to me through today‘s lens. (edited) 1y
Gezemice I have read this a while back and I thought it was brilliant. I have never read anything like it and I am quite sure that there weren‘t many well-known transgender stories at the time and it was ground breaking. I think it was very well reasearched and insightful. And well written. It is two stories but I did like both and I find myself thinking of it years later. 1y
Gezemice @emilyhaldi I think it is brilliant and I highly recommend it. 1y
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