As I read Book Two of Eugenides “Middlesex”, there were several topics mentioned in his novel that were also mentioned in our class’ lectures and esaay, like Detroit. In Book Two, Desdemona and Lefty have reached their destination, Detroit, Michigan to escape from turmoil and war in their home country. It is clear that Detroit was quite different from where these two foreigners were from. For instance, Detroit’s environment seemed to be more crowded and culturally diverse, whereas the small village they were from, everyone knew everyone and were all the same. However, I have also notice that the city of Detroit had its’ problems back then as well. Despite the city’s “Cadallac Tower, the New Union Trust Building and Fisher Building”, Detroit’s housing shortages and segregation amongst whites and blacks were some of the “seeds of the city’s destruction” (Eugenides 88). Book Two also mentions the Depression that affected the city, which Desdemona could not discuss without “wailing” and saw as “manic depression” (136). It seems that Detroiters back then were suffering from the economy like we are today, such as the laying off of jobs. Like now, this affected everyone living in Detroit, one way or another. Eugenides “Middlesex” definitely shows readers that the city has always struggled to some extent. It is a shame that even throughout history, Detroit has suffered because it has potential to be a good city. Despite Detroit’s bad reputation, the city has promise. Overall, Eugenides shows us readers that Detroit seems to be suffering from the same problems as it is presently. I feel like this city keeps going through a continuous and unstoppable cycle of segregation, destruction and depression.