i read the whole book today. and it was sunny and warm and beautiful outside. all of you have said such glowing things about it, but i don't like horror or suspense, and so i hadn't even considered reading it. yesterday i was desperate for some new books, and this lept off the shelf at east west books in the east village (on my way to crif dogs). thanks everyone, for recommending it. it really is excellent. i could have sworn that we had a FF thread about this book, but it must have been hundreds of years ago on myspace.