7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
can you stomach this hard hitting novel?,
This review is from: So Much for That (Hardcover)
I am always surprised by Lionel Shriver's writing. Her characters are always unlikeable, her plots always contrived but i find her prose so engaging that everytime i start one of her novels i cannot stop reading until the end. With a topic as grim as terminal illness, marital stress and debt, that can be quite an emotional strain. Shriver has set out to write an indictment of the US healthcare system (or rather, industry) and the characters sometimes seem incidental against the larger issues they debate (and debate them they do, in abstract terms, much more than any real people i know). But somehow i find, as i did with the 'post-birthday' and 'kevin' books, that your own hopes and fears get tangled up with the characters' and you need to see it through. Unlike the previous novels mentioned, I cannot say i really enjoyed 'so much for that' as the overall tone is so cynical, it will also be too close to home for a lot of people due to the difficult social and family issues, but it has a sweet natured centre if you stick with it. I would recommend 'so much for that' to healthcare reformers and, albeit cautiously, to friends.