MIDDLESEX is a once-in-a-lifetime book, a novel that spans generations in the style of FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE but for good reason for it tells the story of a gene abnormality that can be traced back to a tiny village generations ago. This novel is an immigrant story, a Depression survival tale, a love-triangle romance, a triumphant rags-to-riches success yarn, a coming-of-age YA chronicle, a Kerouac-esque road read, and a gender-bending foray into sexual politics and gender identity. But, above all, MIDDLESEX is about family, specifically the Stephanides clan and their rollercoaster trek through life. Everybody has a family and can relate to the ties that bind and sometimes the bonds that break. It's a beautiful story about living honestly; with that honesty comes laughter, deep sorrow, and tender moments. It's one of the best novels I've ever read, profound without pretension. It feels like nonfiction in moments, so raw that a reader is compelled to believe it must stem from reality. I will not delve into the details so as not to ruin what is a spectacular read. Without question, I highly recommend reading MIDDLESEX.

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