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The characters are irritating and even boring. The author has them go on and on issuing endlessly pseudo-intellectual opinions. It is supposed to be amusing. It is not..Published 9 months ago by West Side Reader
If you are NEW to the world of dysfunctional families, this may interest you.
If Jewish dysfunctional families are what you LIVE with, move along without it. Read more
As you might guess, this is a Jewish family saga, but, while I was reading it, I didn't realize that it's apparently intended as a tightly woven collection of stores. Read morePublished on April 28, 2010 by Patti
This book fell very flat for me. This has nothing to do with the Jewish themes (I love Roth and Singer) but rather with the fact that there is no sense of plot in the first 88... Read morePublished on April 5, 2009 by novelizer
Hmmm...why ddidn't this one work for me? The focus is off and the characterizations lack depth; the story shifts around too much. Read morePublished on October 17, 2007 by the Peripatetic Gardener
I have never read any of Allegra Goodman's books. This is the first one.
This book is about family.relationships. There was nothing that made the book a great book. Read more
I couldn't be more disappointed and couldn't have been more bored. I'm so glad I'm finally finished this novel. Now I can get on to something worth my time. Read morePublished on April 7, 2006 by Jane
I couldn't understand the hype over this book. This was one of those books that gets good press and lands on a couple lists of best book of the year but for me, I thought it was... Read morePublished on March 5, 2003 by Joseph