I picked this book up because Id read four or five glowing reviews, one of which saying it was the best book youll read this year. It was, in fact, the WORST book Ive read in a long, long while. The reviews always seemed to use the word hilarious, which just stumped me. What part was hilarious? The poor woman who murders animals because she thinks her husband probably wants her to? The retarded child they keep chained in their backyard? The Iraq vet whos angry and confused? Yeah, it was a hilarious read (please note, SARCASM). It came off like that English teacher everyone had that always talked about writing, but cannot do it himself (or self-published and ended up with 400 copies of his poetry chapbook in his trunk). Filled with unlikable characters, boring plots, and muddled storytelling, I hated it. This was the first book in a long time that I read in one day; not because I couldnt put it down, but because I wanted to just get through it and put it behind me.