Oprah Likes Dublin Finalist

June 7, 2007

Author
Was Shortlisted
In 2004
For International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Yesterday, Oprah Winfrey announced her latest Book Club pick. She chose Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. Middlesex was shortlisted for the IMPAC award in 2004.

Book synopsis:

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 blonde 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 just begun. Spanning eight decades – and one unusually awkward adolescence – Jeffrey Eugenides’ 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 fulfilment of a huge talent from a writer singled out by both Granta and The New Yorker as one of America’s best young novelists.

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