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  • Bithynios had never been a big village, but in 1922 it was smaller than ever. People had begun to leave in 1913, when the phylloxera blight ruined the currants. They had continued to leave during the Balkan Wars. Lefty and Desdemona's cousin, Sourmelina, had gone to America and was living now in a place called Detroit.

    --Jeffrey Eugenides, 2002, Middlesex, p. 28

    August 6, 2008