A fascinating novel that draws on details of Lippman's childhood in Dickeyville. The characters are all likable to a point, but also distressingly human. They fail, they make human choices, they acknowledge their mistakes and frailties. And sure, they succeed too, in their own way. Every relationship feels real and possible, and all the more heartbreaking for it.
I also enjoyed the unusual structure: present tense, two different time periods, and multiple narrators, including one that I think is not a human at all, but merely the center of a five pointed star, "we" come to life as a separate entity from any of the individuals that make up the group. Solid stuff. (Posted on 1/31/12)