Just finished listening to Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides. The premise of the story is quite interesting: the life, development, and family of a hermaphrodite. How did the author come up with that one? There is a live interview with Jeffrey at the end of the recording, and unfortunately, they don’t ask him that question. I was expecting him to say something about himself, or a friend or family member who was a hermaphrodite, but he didn’t. And this hermaphrodite is of Greek origin. It makes for an interesting story and an even more interesting audio book. I’m sorry I didn’t write down the narrator’s name but he did a great job with all the Greek voices. You could tell he was enjoying himself.
The author also, obviously did his homework, from the Greek immigrant history to the information behind how a person might become a hermaphrodite. He blends the (I assume) factual information in an enjoyable way into the fictional story.
It’s quite a long book (It was over 13 CD’s – can’t remember exactly), but didn’t bog down much in the telling. (Maybe a bit too much time spent on the first childhood love interest, but other than that…)
A good winter read, I think.