The physical, emotional and social evolution of a striking young girl into an androgynous male is skillfully written, and challenged my own preconceptions of gender identity. With so many facinating themes, I regularly found myself staring into the distance in a Middlesex induced bout of self-reflection. Through Cal’s story, Eugenides shows us that every person is a rich tapestry of family, history, environment and genetics.
Not only is Middlesex a sophisticated commentary on social, cultural and gender identity, but it is a beautiful, tragic, funny and marvelous read. Highly recommended.