This is a really odd book. I went from being bored to the point of putting it down, to leaning forward in my chair with anticipation. I'm glad a hung with it. I love her words and her style and she does a good job of telling a story from a man's point of view, but some of the scenarios in this book are just kind of out in left field! I thought of John Irving more than once as her characters found themselves in bizarre and embarrassing situations. Overall I would say that it was a good book, but The Master Butcher's Singing Club is still hands down my favorite by Louise Erdrich!
Reading a book by Erdrich is like meeting up with an old friend, many of the characters in her books have appeared in previous stories. This book is a bit different from Erdrich's earlier writing because it does not make use of the American Indian history that is the usual theme of her stories. It is still a good read and can be enjoyed without having read the earlier books. But it does help the plot if you have read them.