I finally got going with this book. It took sitting in one place for an hour or so and giving this story a chance to get off the ground, meaning I needed to read the whole first section without a break to get the rhythm of it. It’s that kind of book: smart, weaving, complex, a bunch of characters to get into your head. The opening section starts off sleepy and builds to a crescendo. I’m hoping to keep going today.
If you’re looking for an interesting interview with Mr. Franzen, this is a good one at The Guardian.