I enjoyed this book. Jane the main character is funny in her observations of life and the world around her. She seems very real to me. The only thing that was a little off for me is how the author goes in and out of different styles for each little vignette. There is also one part in the middle that has nothing to do with the story as a whole other than the family that is written about lives in the main characters building. It seemed haphazard to throw that in there. I would recomend this book.
This is one of those rare occasions when a highly touted book fulfills the excitement and the major money (in this case, $275,000) surrounding its acquisition. Reading her debut collection of seven tightly interlinked stories featuring (with one exception) heroine Jane Rosenal, one marvels at Bank's assured control of her material, her witty, distinctive voice and her ability to find comedy, pathos and drama in ordinary lives without resorting to the twin crutches of dysfunctional families and sexual abuse that seem to prop up much current fiction. Jane is notable above all for her smart, irreverent sense of humor, evidenced in a typical teenager's mocking attitude when we first meet her at age 14, and irrepressibly sardonic and self-deprecating as she gets older, enters and leaves relationships and progressively doubts her ability to inspire or recognize romantic love.
"Generous-hearted and wickedly insightful,...this maps the progress of Jane Rosenthal as she sets out on a personal and spirited expedition through the perilous terrain of sex, love, and relationships, and the treacherous waters of the workplace."