I finally finished The Goldfinch -- nearly 800 pages, but it did win the Pulitzer. I have such mixed feelings about this book. The cast of characters is fascinating -- as I've said, no character I've ever met before in other novels. But it just goes on and on... obviously it held my interest enough to keep reading, but I wanted it to be over, rather than being sorry it was going to be over. Does anyone want my copy? I'd be glad to send it out to anyone who wants to give this book a try.
In the meatime, I started Bettyville, which is a memoir of a gay man in NYC who goes to Paris, Missouri to take care of his dying mother. Fuuny and poignant, and I'm enjoying it.