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I think this might be a book that benefits from being read in a single sitting. I found it very easy to lose the thread of what was going on but this might be because I was not very structured in my reading. I got a bit lost in some places and felt that there was lots of connections that I missed. Having said that I did enjoy the writing in places and (spoiler alert, don't read any more if you don't want any ...) did enjoy the sex scene though I'm not sure if I felt sorry for the author and his best friend or not. It seems quite sad that they had such a close friendship, close enough to want a child together, but couldn't quite make it work as a partnership.
Well written, but wandering, complex story a bit hard to follow. The blurb about the book says it takes place when a storm is about to hit New York, but that's really just the opening, then the storm is gone, just a minor plot point. Then it's a drama, set around a man who finds out that he's got a rare disease, and a female friend who wants to have a baby with him as the donor. But the plot wanders a lot, it is not a page turner at all, I found it a bit laborious to get through. Writer has a great command of language and there are some shifts in story telling styles that are very clever, very sophisticated.
This novel seemed solipsistic and overly, rather uselessly clever to me. The author/protagonist came across as continually anxious and guilt ridden, but not for especially compelling reasons. Maybe Lerner captures something particular about "our moment," but if so, whatever he conveys felt too trivial and fleeting for my tastes. I read it a couple of months ago, and very little of it stayed with me. Surely someone with this much talent could put it to more hope-inspiring use, even if it's hard to agree that reasons to feel genuine hope for our civilization's future, such as it is, are mighty hard to find.
After reading, "Leaving the Atocha Station", I was really enthusiastic about another Lerner novel. This was a disappointment. Erratic story with characters that are weird, all tethered together with a mildly interesting plot. Meh. Read the other Lerner novel, it's f-ing great.