Middlesex

"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." If thats not a way to suck you into a book I dont know what is. I picked up this book thinking it was a completely different book. This book actually was everything I was looking for and more. The story starts in Greece. Well hold up, the story centers around Caliope Stephanides, a young girl born to a family of immigrants from Greece who hail from Detroit and endure the Great Depression, the emergence of the automobile industry and eventually the race riots in the 1970s. The idea of rebirth throughout society, race and growing up is a remarkable theme when paired with the fact that through it all a family secret concerning an extra chromosome ends up rebirthing in Callie. The journey starts 80 years ago as her grandparents flee burning Greece and end up with the discovery of her sexual self when she begins puberty and discovers she is a hemaphrodite. Its an amazing story, rich with history, Greek culture(and food), and of course, the battle between society and who you really are. It was another book I couldnt put down. Please to read.