I'm a student, so I don't have nearly as much time for leisure reading as I'd like. If I manage to read an entire course book instead of just the assigned chapters, I'll review that here, too.
I had to tell myself that “a smorgasbord of nummy” is not an appropriate literary review, though in this case it might be the most apt and concise.
Don't get me wrong. This is a horror story, or many horror stories woven together. It's horror that fills your belly and leaves you glutted and a little drunk and still wanting more. In this novel, despite the terrible things that happen, and despite everything that is lost, there is a continuity beyond the final disaster, and the only things that are ever lost are opportunities. There is love, and laced with love, even terrible things don't seem so terrible.
All of these stories, despite their seeming hopelessness, also have their happy ending. A single one to all of them, and it's not until all the threads come together that you realize that you've been reading it all along: the happy ending is HUSH.