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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 is fantastically written. A great tale through three generations of an American immigrant family. I definitely preferred it to The Marriage Plot.Published 4 days ago by Lewis
If you don't know what to read next you really can't go wrong here, beautifully written, and expertly crafted, it pulls you in and doesn't let go.Published 9 days ago by joshua hankins
I loved this book! Eugenides creates fresh images with vivid word choices. Fascinating characters, complex protagonist, a captivating book. Bravo!Published 11 days ago by S. McGee
Good book overall. I do believe that it started off a bit slow and almost confusing. As the story develops though, the reader begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together and it... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Giovana Monaco
I've read all of this author's books and each one just blew me away. The scope and depth of his vocabulary and knowledge are mind-boggling. Read morePublished 14 days ago by BBB