My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Patchett has a way of taking one inside her characters. Cleanly drawn, finely tuned, they are there, whole and unapologetic with their gifts and their flaws. This is the fourth of Patchett’s books I’ve read, and with each one, I have come to love her writing style more. The unthinkable, the unbelievable, became for me possible in this work, which took me quite awhile to finish. The challenge of pausing to digest language like this, the beauty of it, is that there is always a danger of losing the thread of the story. Plot was so powerful that this was no problem. It was moving to the very last word. Read it. Share it. Pause over it.