Top positive review
Kind of a perfect book & often very funny.
Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2020
The thing that makes this book great is the way it’s written. The plot is extremely conventional (a single woman who dreams of being a great artist, meets “the one,” gets married, has a daughter, loses track of her dreams, then her husband starts to wander), but the way it’s told is so unique and often, especially in the first half, hilarious. The whole book is actually built from tiny observations, almost each paragraph is it’s own tiny little perfect thing. Sometimes it almost reads like a dead-pan stand-up comedian just riffing on whatever is going through their head. I really related to the main character’s somewhat troubled take on the modern world, as she tries to hold on, as she hopes to stay somewhat sane, as she tries to find her way back to herself. The book is filled with great observations, even the seemingly random stuff, quotes stumbled across, facts about the Voyager space mission, all help make the book feel perfectly complete in its complicatedly honest portrait of the challenge of keeping going.