I've just finished this short, engaging novel. It stands out for the deft, humorous characterization of almost every character, major and minor, and its mixture of humor and sadness---I laughed out loud at least once and was near to tears at points towards the end. Though notionally the story of Ruth Weiss, it is as much a family drama, of three generations, taking Ruth from childhood to her forties always in the context of her family's story, with a focus on that of her parents both collectively and individually. I found the telling of her father's story particularly brilliant. Very highly recommended.