I really enjoy Philip Roth short stories - and that's saying something, because overall, I generally don't like short stories. So when I got this book (thank you CZH), I was very excited to read one of his books, and a Pulitzer Prize winner, no less!
It took me weeks to get through the first few chapters. I almost gave up before the half way mark, but my rule is to get half way before I make a final decision on termination. Imagine my surprise when just before half way, perhaps 10 pages, the plot finally settles down into something I could hold onto and enjoy. Until it didn't.
This is Rabbit in an alternate universe, this time nicknamed "The Swede" with a different difficult family and troubled child(ren). I did spend a lot of time thinking about the Rabbit series and though sometimes tedious, at least it was linear and wrapped the story up.
In the future, I think I'll stick with Roth's short stories.