Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Middlesex is a novel by Jeffrey Eugenides. It was published in 2002 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2003. The narrator and protagonist, Calliope Stephanides (later called "Cal"), an intersexed person of Greek descent, has 5-alpha-reductase deficiency. The bulk of the novel is devoted to telling his coming-of-age story growing up in Detroit, Michigan in the late 20th century. This story, however, is intertwined with elements of a family saga, meditations on the era's zeitgeist and bits of contemporary history.

The 229th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 5th on Paste Magazine's Best Books of the Decade(2000-2009) (Paste Magazine)
  2. - 6th on A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon (Vulture)
  3. - 8th on The Ideal Library (Book)
  4. - 12th on The 21st Century's 12 Greatest Novels (BBC Poll)
  5. - 16th on The Millions: The Best Fiction of the Millennium (The Millions)
  6. - 39th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  7. - 46th on The 100 Best Books of the Decade(2000) (Times)
  8. - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)
  9. - The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013 (Flavor Wire)
  10. - Modern classics: 11 novels that belong in the classroom (Today.com)
  11. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (USA))
  12. - The Best Books of the 2000s (The Onion AV Club)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Middlesex: A Novel Kindle Edition 3697 $8.67 2002
Middlesex: A Novel Audio CD 216279 $21.62 $5.67 2004
Middlesex: A Novel Paperback 371669 $0.01 $0.01 2002
By Jeffrey Eugenides Middlesex: A Novel (Unabridged) Audio CD 793953 $17.49 $7.27 2004
Middlesex Paperback 2827096 $6.08 2004
Middlesex, Spanish Edition Paperback 6727456 $95.26 $15.12 2003
Middlesex: A Novel Hardcover 249770 $16.98 $1.29 2002
Middlesex Hardcover 1737597 $3.34
Middlesex (Coleccion Compactos) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 2306476 $16.29 $15.88 2013
By Jeffrey Eugenides - Middlesex: A Novel (1st) (8.5.2002) Hardcover 3106722 $38.38 $4.18 2002
Middlesex. Hardcover 4448478 $31.65 $17.00 2003
Middlesex: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club) Paperback 6610 $4.69 $0.25 2002
Bookclub-in-a-Box Discusses Middlesex, the Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides Paperback 2640481 $12.19 2005