Top positive review
Unexpected pleasure, narrative magic, lasting memory
August 11, 2018
It took me forever to read this book -- I'd read a section, move on to a different book, and then ... the characters would call to me. I couldn't stand not knowing what was happening to them! I came back, read another section, learned some more about their pasts and their connections, but then would be seduced away by a different novel. Whenever I left the book, I couldn't stop thinking about these people, wondering what made them tick, what they were going to do next, how they'd all found each other. In the fullness of the narrative, all was answered, leaving me with a sense of satisfaction, and a feeling of richness. The generosity of the author and the ultimate nobility of his characters will stay with me. I don't want to give away the plot -- it is rambling and complicated, but ultimately all comes together in a most satisfying way. Start this book, read it slowly, and let it work its magic on you.