I read this novel earlier in the year. I did like the writing but not the topic. Child abuse is just so sad.
This book was also a recent book group read and the members seemed to have liked it more than I did.
All of them admired the crisp writings and insights. They also considered the possiblity that the Grandmother allowed all her grandchildren to be abused to pay the cheap rent, because all the adult children are messed up in one way or another.
Many members also thought that the narrator, Veronica, was also abused because she diassociates during intercourse, has the long drives without any real reason, and cares about her children, but not as much as a mother normally does. Her torment and breakdown also confirmed their idea of abuse.
The style of writing, through the memories, is masterfully done. What memories are real and what are invented to protect the soul and mind of Veronica?
The novel ends with no real closure. As in real life.