Number of pages: 294
This collection of short stories was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, and I could see why when I read it. As well as being set in small-town America, they all revolve around characters trying to seek a way out of their current life to something better.
A lot of the time, this involves relationships, and I noticed that three of the stories revolved around a male character's obsession with a female character, which usually seemed to border on unhealthy, and this included my favourite of the stories - the second, "Mr. Wu".
I noticed too that this wasn't a particularly easy book, and that I had to pay attention; there was a lot of "reading between the lines" and a few of the stories either left me hanging or went on a completely different diretion to what I thought they would. At times, the writing style put me in mind of Zadie Smith.
I read this book on a recommendation, and was glad I did.
Next book: Murder in the Multiverse (R.E. McLean)