Jeffrey Eugenides, author of The Virgin Suicides, has a new book titled Middlesex. It's the story of a youngster in an all-girls' school in Grosse Pointe, Mich., who discovers she is a hermaphrodite — a condition, she/he learns, that originated many generations ago, in a tiny village in Asia Minor. Eugenides mixes the ancient notion of fate with our modern knowledge of genetics. Lynn Neary prepared this report on the book and the condition.

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