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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."
Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 2002
ISBN Number: 0374199698
ISBN Number 13: 9780374199692
Book Condition: Fine
Jacket Condition: fine Jacket
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Seller ID: 0001014
Description: 529pp. 8vo. Author's second novel after "The Virgin Suicides." Won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2003. Appears tight and unread with complete number line (1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2), original price intact, no marks. Stated First Edition, 2002. Brodart protected. Author has just published "The Marriage Plot" in 2012.