And, survivor that she is, Lillian manages to land herself in a better situation. Or is it? With the deceptive ease that the truly gifted writer displays, this book slides in the knife-edged observations about people, about life, about cruelty and hatred and love and obsession. But it also does it with wit and tenderness coupled with a ruthless, truthful eye. The funny moments will make you roar, particularly the sly, irreverent ones. The unexpected moments, the plot twists and turns, will catch you every time. It's a marvelous, mesmerizing 5. There's a small amount of necessary sex (what's life without sex?), let's call it a 1.5. This would be an absolutely perfect book group read.