Year Published: 2002
This is a fascinating, intimate look at the life of a hermaphrodite--when a "girl" who has been raised as a woman realizes at the age of fifteen that she is genetically a male, and sets out to live her life as such. But as unique and interesting as that is, that isn't the best part of this book. The best part is the rest of the story--the familial history, which actually leads to the protagonist's genetic anomaly; the plight of Greek immigrants trying to run a restaurant in Detroit amidst racial turmoil; a child's account of the race riots in the 60s; the struggle of a young not-yet-man living alone in a seedy section of San Francisco. The narration is fresh and lively, so the story feels real. This is definately one of the best books I've read this year.