Top critical review
Reviewed in Australia on 16 September 2015
Pretty well executed, the story runs a bit base and sombre for mine. It reminds me of Irvine Welsh without the cool accents, and with a more subtle attempt at humor. Welsh and Franzen both put their characters through the wringer, and show them at their worst, but ultimately love and redeem them by story's end. I would have gone with a one or two star rating around the time I was tempted to quit, about a quarter of the way through what is a longish book, but I'm back up to three after finishing.