Well I must put my hand up and admit that I didnt get through this book! I've been trying to think why not. Of the bits I've read, about a third, I enjoyed Richard Russo's style of writng quite gentle and relaxed; I found the subject matter interesting and from a perspective and way of life (small town provincial) I had never thought about before. There is some humour, not side-splitting stuff but some passages that lighten some darker subject matter.
So why havent I finished it? I could blame the time of year and too much to do at work but that would be a cop out! I think really it was because I couldnt emphasise with any of the characters - although I liked the father's laid back attitude to authority despite his mysoginism. I havent yet really cared about what happens to the son and the story, so far as I've read, doesnt make me want to speculate what might happen to him - maybe it is a world so far away from my experience.
Well I shall finish the book but perhaps not before I've read several others - I'll leave it beside my bed to stare at me accusingly