I don't know what I expected when I picked up this book. After spending a good chunk of my lunch break reading and laughing by turns in one of the local coffee shops, I couldn't put it down. The characters are well-written, and watching each of them struggle through the family tragedy that occurs, as well as their smaller personal tragedies, is a rare sort of treat, in that (in my case, at least) you rarely find a coming-of-age drama written about people in their thirties. It is an incredibly well-paced, witty, clever piece of fiction, and I would highly recommend it to those who like Christopher Moore, but want something that's just a liiiittle more serious.
From a internationally best-selling, critically acclaimed author of four novels that have been called moving, hilarious, tender, superb, smart, honest, sweet, deft, and magnificent comes this newest novel.