Jeffery Eugenides is one of my favorite authors. I was and still am enthralled with his other two books. This is a reread for me. When it first came out about two years ago I was disappointed after finishing it. I expected so much more. That being said the first time around I was going through a rough time in my life. I thought perhaps everything was disappointing to me then. After finishing this a second time I have to stand by my first impression. This book is not Eugenides best work. Save yourself some time and frustration and go with Middlesex, or The Virgin suicides both of which are excellent novels.