I got this as an audiobook and I can't tell you the number of times my roommates looked at me strangely for randomly laughing out loud. I mean come on. Even the first sentence is comedic gold. My favorite thing about Lee's writing style was the characterization and character development. She so clearly defined Monty's character and his growth, but also made his flaws apparent. We know he's a somewhat unreliable narrator and it's very clear that the world we see is through his eyes. That makes it no less amazing though, and humanizes the story in an honest way that not many authors achieve. Lee has my complete respect as a writer who has mastered voice, and this is definitely one of my new favorite books!
This book is the reason I am now starting to become more interested in novels set in the 20th century! An incredibly creative portrayal of women's lives post-WWII, and from an interesting group of characters. The book is excellent at how it jumps around the timeline, and how gradually facts become apparent. It's executed very well, and wasn't at all confusing. It also had a number of plot twists that kept you engaged, and were evenly spaced enough that they didn't crowd you. The writing was beautifully flowing and Shattuck did a brilliant job of having such distinct voices for each character! Highly recommend!!
This book was a sensitive read for me. Religious homophobia hits close to home, and I had to frequently stop reading to keep calm. That being said, I still finished the book very quickly. I got it almost as soon as it came out, and aside from my breaks I couldn't put it down. It came to me at a time in my life I truly needed it and I think many people can benefit from reading it.