This book is getting a lot of buzzzz. I liked it, but I did not LOVE it, like I loved Matthew Quick's last book. Is it awards material? Maybe. I don't know. I love these lines, though:
"Someday an opportunity will come. Think about Harry Potter. His life is terrible, but then a letter arrives, he gets on a train, and everything is different for him afterward. Better. Magical."
"That's just a story."
"So are we--we're stories too."
Librarians love it when authors reference the power of stories in their stories. He'll probably get a lot of love from awards committees just for that. In fact, it probably bumped my rating from three stars to four. True.