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Eugenides weaves together a kaleidoscopic narrative spanning 80 years of a stained family history, from a fateful incestuous union in a small town in early 1920s Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit; from the early days of Ford Motors to the heated 1967 race riots; from the tony suburbs of Grosse Pointe and a confusing, aching adolescent love story to modern-day Berlin. Eugenides's command of the narrative is astonishing. He balances Cal/Callie's shifting voices convincingly, spinning this strange and often unsettling story with intelligence, insight, and generous amounts of humor:
Emotions, in my experience aren't covered by single words. I don't believe in "sadness," "joy," or "regret." I'd like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic traincar constructions like, say, "the happiness that attends disaster." Or: "the disappointment of sleeping with one's fantasy." ... I'd like to have a word for "the sadness inspired by failing restaurants" as well as for "the excitement of getting a room with a minibar." I've never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I've entered my story, I need them more than ever.
When you get to the end of this splendorous book, when you suddenly realize that after hundreds of pages you have only a few more left to turn over, you'll experience a quick pang of regret knowing that your time with Cal is coming to a close, and you may even resist finishing it--putting it aside for an hour or two, or maybe overnight--just so that this wondrous, magical novel might never end. --Brad Thomas Parsons
This book was great, telling so many stories at once. The immigrant family, the entrepreneur, the suburbs kid, the heterosexual. Eye opening, moving, and fluid.Published 22 hours ago by Roseanne Wholihan
A different kind of book that plays with tragedy by writing with depth, wit and humor. Incredible story , beautifully writtenPublished 1 day ago by Marilyn Hall
A little too detailed, at times. About 100 pages could have been shortened. But overall, great read and I would read other books by EugenidesPublished 5 days ago by Nancy Brown
Wonderful, moving and beautifully told. This is a captivating and fantastic story. I am sad that I've come to the end.Published 7 days ago by Jeffery Juliard