We’re Reading Middlesex at Unputdownables!


In February and March, Unputdownables is hosting a read-a-long for Jeffrey Eugenides’ Pulitzer prize winning novel Middlesex! Our first pow wow isn’t until February 10th, so there is plenty of time to grab a copy of the book and start reading!

I’ve never read any Eugenides before — for the silliest reason. I loathed, loathed, loathed the film The Virgin Suicides (I just can’t … appreciate … let’s put it that way … the directing work of Sofia Coppola). A friend even gave me the book and said I’d love it — nope. Still couldn’t open the thing. Then, I read an interview with Eugenides in the Paris Review (an aside — I went to middle school and college and, ah, the same piano teacher as the interviewer. Small world!) and was really taken with it — enough so that I PaperBack Swapped Middlesex and purchased The Marriage Plot.

In order encourage actually reading these purchased books, I put The Marriage Plot on my TBR Pile challenge for this year. I am so pleased that I get a bonus nudge with the Middlesex read-a-long over on Unputdownables. I have to overcome this illogical aversion because of a film released almost 15 years ago! Stubborn = me.

I hope you will consider joining us for the Middlesex read-a-long!

(image: Illustration by Dan Park)



  1. kaggsysbookishramblings

    Enjoy! I confess that I *did* like “The Virgin Suicides” which I read a *long* time ago (sorry!) but I never got on to his other work – I guess I’m too lost in the classics most of the time! But I shall look forward to hearing what you think of this.

    • jackiemania

      I’m sure the book is very different from the film by Sofia Coppola. It is her work that I haven’t been able to find merit in 🙂 I am mad at myself that it has irrationally kept me from reading Eugenides. I can be a real donkey!

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