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Middlesex Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 1, The Silver Spoon Summary

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Book 1, The Silver Spoon Summary

Cal begins the story by introducing himself and revealing that he was born twice, once as a baby girl named Calliope Helen Stephanides, and the second time as a teenaged boy named Cal. Writing his story is yet another birth, which is now taking place.

Three months before being born, his grandmother held her magical silver spoon over his mother's pregnant belly. The spoon swung north to south, foretelling the birth of a son. Cal's mother, Tessie, did not believe her mother-in-law's prediction and believed so strongly that a daughter would be born that she already had the name Calliope picked out. Tessie and Milton, Cal's father, were so desirous to have a daughter that they had determined to do whatever it took to have a girl. Milton found out from talking to the other men in the family that if...

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