What a great book! i picked it up because i had enjoyed the virgin suicides and i wasn't disappointed. when i first read the premise i was a little apprehensive. i didn't know how relate able a transgendered/transvestite narrator would be, but eugenides does a great job. the way that he develops all the characters is really spectacular. he starts out introducing the main character and narrator, and then delves into the lives of his grandparents. he paints a detailed portrait of their youth and lives in greece. you see these characters grow as they age and the focus of the story shifts onto their children. again, you see the children mature while the youngest generation in the story develops. it was a quick, easy, and enjoyable read! just as good if not better than the virgin suicides.