at the moment i'm reading middlesex, by jeffrey eugenides. it won the pulitzer prize in 2003, and it's quite simply the most remarkable book.
the first lines:
"i was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless detroit day in january of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near petoskey, michigan, in august of 1974."
the book spans three generations of a greek-american family, although the focus is always on cal, the book's narrator. eugenides is the most breath-taking writer, and his narrative is gripping. he also wrote the virgin suicides, which i also loved (by the way, is the film worth seeing?).
so, a pimp. read it now!