From the bestselling author of The Hours and Specimen Days comes a generous, masterfully crafted novel with all the power of a Greek tragedy.
The epic tale of an American family, Flesh and Blood follows three generations of the Stassos clan as it is transformed by ambition, love, and history. Constantine Stassos, a Greek immigrant, marries Mary Cuccio, an Italian-American girl, and they have three children, each fated to a complex life. Susan is oppressed by her beauty and her father's affections; Billy is brilliant, and gay; Zoe is a wild, heedless visionary. As the years pass, their lives unfold in ways that compel them--and their parents--to meet ever greater challenges.
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Praise for Flesh and Blood
“A wonderful . . . sprawling, old-fashioned novel.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A work of dramatic humanity at a high and poetic level.” —Los Angeles Times
“Reading Michael Cunningham is like putting on see-through glasses. He's got this way of exposing his characters' deepest inclinations and motivations, letting us peer through glass directly into their souls.” —The Boston Globe
“The book buzzcuts like Edward Scissorhands through the conventionally dull pastures of the American family saga.” —Vanity Fair