This is a book that reads like a short story. It's dense, a bit pretentious, and not a whole lot happens. It's emotionally intense, though, and the characters all have secrets and sadness. It's quiet and haunting. But it felt like it was taking forever to read, like I was treading water at some points, because nothing was happening. It's...interesting, in retrospect, but it wasn't a reading experience that I enjoyed.