Overall, I'd say that while I liked this very much, it didn't have the immediate breathtaking quality that Red did. I think perhaps there were parts that were too abstract for this fiction writer to grasp at. Nonetheless, I still plan on trying to get through her oeuvre. I have Glass, Irony and God lined up somewhere.
To be honest though, Carson's way with words - her faculty with language, her ability to hit on a sentiment just right, her beautiful turns of phrases and imaginative metaphors... I am struck by her genius at times. I don't just love her, I want to be her. I want to swim in her words sometimes. That's all.