Wow, I'm kind of speechless. This was an amazing read, but not because it's an amazing book--worthy of 10 stars and glowing reviews, but because this book is an *experience.
I guess this review will seem as strange as I thought this book; but strange in an amazing yet ephemeral way. "You had to be there" kinda vibe. Words that describe with the beauty of prose, but with edge like a sword, like seeing a very beautiful rose that pricks you with its thorns.
The location and characters in this book are of equal paramount importance, and the writing interacts them in a way that creates a story of depressing abusive stagnancy filled with a sort of magical realism. Like Wuthering Heights meets 100 Years of Solitude.
Barring errors throughout the book, the writing is great but dense, heavy: it's like someone who seems like they have too many teeth. I felt like each sentence is jam-packed with more sentences ... it seems like a lot going on.
It was just such a strange read, a book with a definite personality of its own. It's funny, and I love when women know how to write with edge.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)