Andrew
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How appropriate would this be for a 15-year-old reader? Any sexual content, violence, etc.?

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Paul There's one chapter early in the book describing the Turkish invasion of Smyrna, containing a brief but very disturbing, violent passage. There's also a sex scene which could be described as graphic, but it's not gratuitous at all. The main character of the novel is a hermaphrodite, so there's a lot of clinical and frank discussion about reproductive organs. It depends on how mature the 15-year-old is about adult topics. As a parent of a teenager myself, that age would probably be the youngest for whom I'd consider it appropriate; for many other parents it may be older. It's a great book.
Teresa Marie It deals with a fairly complex subject. If your child is themselves dealing with issues of sexual identity or gender - it may be ok. Otherwise....
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