Jane Smiley | Fiction
1995, 414 pages
204 pages in, and I just must quit. I really tried. The characters in this novel about a fictional Midwest University are universally forgettable. I mean, I forget who is who in-between chapters. I keep looking for a list of characters and their roles, and there is not one. There are too many to keep straight, and there is NO plot of any interest at all. Of course, it goes without saying that I have not laughed at this ”humorous” novel once. Some of the relationships are interesting for a chapter or two, especially when there is a sexual connection. I really tried. My apologies, Teresa. Too many days and my entire weekend slogging through this book have left me vacuous. I must find something engaging to read. Now!