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Decidedly neutral. On one hand, it was absolutely riveting: a true one-sitting books. However, I never managed to grow accustomed to Jack's voice, finding it borderline annoying and overly precious to the last, and the plot becomes unfocused after the first half. I really wish either more or less emphasis had been placed on Ma's struggle--perhaps an impossible desire, given the constraints of the narrative voice--because the glimpses of it were tantalizing, but not enough to leave me feeling properly satiated. Despite these flaws, there's a lot that's worthy in this one, and I will recommend it as a great book club choice when it comes out in paperback.