It has been so long since I read this one that I am borrowing a review from Amazon.
Somewhat entertaining, March 31, 2003
Reviewer: N. Wright "ihijump" (Arkansas)
Characters were decently developed and Carver developed a good basic theme for his book. However, he wasted page after page with a totally unnecessary side-story that had a reporter chasing after the story that was the plot of the book.
Had it not been for this side story I would likely have given this book four stars. It was as if (and quite likely that) Carver wrote the book and then added the side story to give it some fat... you know, add a lot of pages so people will think it's a great book and not just a good book.
As it is, the book is still a very good read and, if bored, you may skip over most of the side story without missing anything of the central plot. I'll read more of Carver.