I just finished reading Michael Cunningham’s “Flesh and Blood”, and I’m just blown away by it, he is such a brilliant writer. This is the best story I have ever read.

In Flesh and Blood, Michael Cunningham takes us on a masterful journey through four generations of the Stassos family as he examines the dynamics of a family struggling to “come of age” in the 20th century.

In 1950, Constantine Stassos, a Greek immigrant laborer, marries Mary Cuccio, an Italian-American girl, and together they produce three children: Susan, an ambitious beauty, Billy, a brilliant homosexual, and Zoe, a wild child.

Over the years, a web of tangled longings, love, inadequacies and unfulfilled dreams unfolds as Mary and Constantine’s marriage fails and Susan, Billy, and Zoe leave to make families of their own.

Zoe raises a child with the help of a transvestite, Billy makes a life with another man, and Susan raises a son conceived in secret, each extending the meaning of family and love.

With the power of a Greek tragedy, the story builds to a heartbreaking crescendo, allowing a glimpse into contemporary life which will echo in one’s heart for years to come.

Michael Cunningham is the author of “The Hours” and “A home at the End of the World”.

Post originally posted on 03 Fev 2004 23:05