Okay - in no particular order:
It's an easy read I think. Waldman writes well and I found Juliet to be quite endearing although her husband probably makes life a lot easier for her than he should. This is the first in a series of 7 books and I shall certainly try the second.
I wasn't sure I would like this book or if it would be a case of 'Emperor's New Clothes' but I very much enjoyed the way Egan wrote. Each chapter is inter-connected and tells you something about a character who is in someway connected to the two many characters - it's a bit like a Venn diagramme. In one chapter the character provides us with footnotes and that reminded me of Kiss of the Spider Woman, in another the character uses power-point in a really inventive way. Each of the chapters is almost like a short story and sometimes you are not sure who is narrating for a little while and then you can fit them into the overall 'story family' and narrative time-frame. I found many of the characters likeable and those that weren't were either amusing or ridiculous. She writes in an inventive way and I can't recommend this highly enough to you.
I have to tell you I loathed this book. I found it overwritten - I won't just tell you what to think, I'll tell you three times! I had to read this for the Modern American Novel course and I will not be reading it again. The protagonist, Swede Levov, appears to be leading the perfect American life, but it's 1968 and his daughter has decided to rebel. By the way that might make the book sound more exciting than it really is. If you like Philip Roth you'll probably like this and plenty of people on my course do but I won't be looking to spend some time discussing it with you.
Well I think that's enough for now. I'm currently reading Palladio by Jonathan Dee so I'll update you on that shortly.