This is undoubtedly difficult to read, especially the first third of the novel. I've never consulted Merriam-Webster so often. However, the payoff is worth it; this is the literary equivalent of "The Sixth Sense." After I'd finished, I had to investigate passages I'd previously read, searching for the clauses or seemingly-irrelevant asides the author employs. The last scene, in particular, was foreshadowed in what I consider to be a manner worthy of Nabokov. If you don't pay attention, you will miss it. If you don't pay attention to the first page, you will miss a major plot point.
This is a book to be read and reread, despite the moral indignation I felt at all but two of the male characters. It almost reminded me of the movie, "Closer," a group of people hurting each other for the simple fun of emotional injury to another human.
Make no mistake, this is a complex book, full of beautiful metaphor and intricate plot devices woven cleverly into intelligently-written and verbally-challenging prose. Do not read this without a dictionary at hand.
I found this author's writing a bit too wordy for me. Since I was not enjoying it, I did not finish it. Others may like this style of writing.