Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides – Review

Incredibly powerful, brilliantly written, well-researched. This is my first book by Eugenides and I will be reading all he’s written. Told from the point of view of the omniscient Cal later in life, looking back over the history of his family to the relationships and biology that created him, we are shown how the seemingly impossible becomes possible. Having delved somewhat deeply into the biology and endocrinology of Intersex variations myself some 10 years ago, this book floored me. Poetic, scientific, compassionate, it explains in no uncertain terms how such genetic mishaps occur, and should be required reading for all who fail to grasp that gender is about so much more than whether or not a person has a penis.