“I was beginning to understand something about normality. Normality wasn't normal. It couldn't be. If normality were normal, everybody could leave it alone. They could sit back and let normality manifest itself. But people-and especially doctors- had doubts about normality. They weren't sure normality was up the job.”
Being a teenager sucks... Big time! Now imagine being one in the mid-70s with a rare deficiency, discovered -literally- by accident, that will simplify many things and complicate many others at the same time. At the very beginning of Jeffrey Eugenides's novel, "Middlesex", the main character Callie states the following: "I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver's license...records my first name simply as Cal."
In case you got more confused than enlightened: Callie (now Cal) is a hermaphrodite. The story unfolds as we witness her paternal grandparents, Desdemona and Lefty Stefanides, embark on a ship heading to America in order to escape the destruction of Smyrna in 1922. They build a new life in Detroit, start a family, try to live the American Dream. But what about the mutated gene that will change their grand-daughter Callie into Cal? They say that every family has a secret. If this is the case, what is theirs?
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