I’ve never read anything like this before, maybe because there’s just nothing else like it.
Part Greek tragedy part all-American coming of age story. Covers issues of immigration versus assimilation/old world versus new world, race relations in urbanizing America, and of course, gender identity and sexuality.
Definitely not perfect — the story got wobbly for me mid-way through book four, (it lost me on the road to San Francisco when certain integral characters disappear and new ones are introduced only to be left behind a few pages later. The strength of the book was the family relations, so when the main character separates from his family, it quickly went downhill. Still, the end wraps everything up nicely and I would have been happy to have another 100+ paged with the Stephanides clan. One of my favorites.