Oprah Chooses Middlesex as Next Book Pick

Posted on June 5, 2007

Book Cover of Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Oprah has chosen her next Book Club Selection: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. The novel won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. The novel tells the story of a Greek-American girl who becomes a teenage boy in 1970s Grosse Pointe, Michigan. The book is published by Picador and has already sold more than one million copies. The novel is both moving and funny, as it traces the path of a mutant gene through the generations to Calliope Stephanides, who is a hermaphrodite. Calliope (or Cal) tells her story. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times called it "[A]n uproarious epic, at once funny and sad."

Eugenides also wrote The Virgin Suicides, a story about five mysterious women in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. The book was turned into a movie starring Kirsten Dunst and directed by Sofia Coppola.

You can read an excerpt of Middlesex here.

Photo: Picador

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