You may wonder why I've got two back-to-back audiobooks listed here. Well, it's because I'm in the middle of another do-it-yourself project, and audiobooks are helping me get through it. You know, of course, that you'll be treated to before and after pictures as soon as the project's completed.
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Narrated by Kristoffer Tabori
20 hrs. 58 mins.
Publisher's SummaryIIn the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - 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 is a rare genetic mutation - and a guilty secret - that have followed Callie's grandparents from the crumbling Ottoman Empire to Prohibition-era Detroit and beyond, outlasting the glory days of the Motor City, the race riots of 1967, and the family's second migration, into the foreign country known as suburbia. Thanks to the gene, Callie is part girl, part boy. And even though the gene's epic travels have ended, her own odyssey has only begun.
Spanning eight decades - and one unusually awkward adolescence - Jeffrey Eugenides' long-awaited second novel is a grand, original fable of crossed bloodlines, the intricacies of gender, and the deep, untidy promptings of desire.
What the Critics Say
- Pulitzer Prize Winner, Fiction, 2003
- Audie Award Winner, Fiction (Unabridged), 2003