Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides (2002)

A perfectly acceptable airplane book. It’s eerie how easily the author can take up a subject (hermaphroditism) so rich with possibilities for metaphorical development (gender, identity, consciousness, family, exile, sexuality) and then avoid them almost completely in favor of telling a fairly straightforward coming-of-age/family saga. Sort of seems like using a combine to mow your lawn. But OK, nice read, sweet & tender, etc.