By the way, I started The Other Boleyn Girl shortly after. Within the first 20 pages, my first impression was, god this writing is cringe-worthy. (Esp after Chabon) Her use of adverbs gives JK Rowling a run for her money, and I often feel misplaced in her scenes. Plus, her monitoring of the first person usage is not very close at all. I would have ripped this apart in workshop for the number of times Mary says things that she oughtn't know or say in that way. But whatever. I suspect people love this book for the plot, not for it's incredible writing. Now about 100 pages in, I'm getting used to the writing and beginning to ignore it most of the time (though sometimes it's just unavoidable). I just hope the plot is worth 600+ pages of this god-awful writing.