Middlesex is one of those must read books, but you may not enjoy it while you are doing it. It is a strange story with an even stranger topic, but it so well-written and so challenging that you must finish it.
This book was recommended to me by my brother who I rarely share similar tastes. He raved about it, and told me that my daughter, who is a social worker, has probably read it. Turns out that her mother-in-law gave it to her when she graduated from the University of Chicago School of Social Work. Subsequently, she's given it to her interns over the last 10 years.
The stories are beyond anything I know from my suburban upbringing, but clearly show that if we don't figure out one generation to help, this tale will continue generation after generation as we saw it. I think that every thinking person should read this.
I picked this book so that I could maybe find ways to communicate better with my 35-year old daughter. Instead, I read about a remarkable mother, and her very interesting daughters. I thoroughly enjoyed the role of Mark, and how he stepped up for his girls. This is a perfect light summer read.