New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.
First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by author in ink to title page. First Edition with full number line indicating first printing. 9 1/4" X 6 1/4". viii, 529pp. Book presents nicely with unclipped dust jacket encased in protective archival sleeve. Very mild shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of jacket. Tan paper over boards with spine lettered in metallic red. Head and tail of spine are gently bumped. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound. A highly presentable first printing of this 2002 Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Jeffrey Eugenides. Photograph of author at signing event is laid in.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
"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 l974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver's license...records my first name simply as Cal."
So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of l967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic.
Middlesex is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.(Publisher). Very good + / Very good +. Item #8327