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I really liked this novel for the most part. It starts off quite conventionally, the story of a young family, the mother depressed, the dad trying to hold it all together. It's written compellingly and with great tenderness. We move on to the story of their daughter and how her own daughter copes with her depression and alcoholism after a great tragedy befalls them. Again, wonderful and moving writing.
The fantasy part of the book is very enjoyable to begin with; the scenes set in a strange land, where the past can be tuned into as easily as flipping channels on the tv.
Towards the end of the novel, the surreal world in which time is not linear takes centre-stage for all the characters. I feel the book lost its way a little here and I got slightly impatient for things to resolve. This feels like a minor quibble however, the book is, on the whole, wonderful and delightfully genre-defying.