A review of this — 6 years ago
Like several others, I was motivated to read this book after being blown away by “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”. It’s not quite the same kind of book, but it is equally powerful in its own right. The writing alternates viewpoints between different principal characters in an unusual, personal way; although technically third-person, it is not a narration (“She thought.. He saw.. They did”) but more like having someone actually inside your head, talking to you (“He winced at the irony. Because, you know, life is like that.”). In pauses between paragraphs, you almost want to break in to join the conversation. Probably the strongest connection to “Curious Incident” is that most of the book actually takes place inside the characters’ heads. The action is internal, and we realize all over again how wild and wooly and yet hauntingly familiar the inside of someone else’s head can be.