This is a slim novel which nevertheless makes a "full meal" as a reading experience, and takes a lot of time to read - you can't skim, due to the emotional and stylistic density of the prose.
It's very beautiful and, I thought, written with real emotional/psychological acuity. This makes it a difficult read in places, as we spend most of our time down in the real rough edges of life, with people who live "outside the remit" of everything. It's not a bleeding-heart book, though; it's unwavering in its commitment to be true to the characters and to the difficulties in questions of victimhood, "life choices", and addiction.
There are no easy answers (much as we would like to think there are) and this book stares the difficulties of Life full in the face.
I couldn't help but admire the depth of research the author must have done, and yet it never comes across as "look at all my research".
Really brilliant & different.
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