Well worth reading, it was an impulse library grab, which just goes to show that random browsing is still an effective method for choosing books! It reminded me of when I used to go to the library as a kid. The experience of reading also felt relevant and impactful, in a way that most books haven't since I reached young adulthood. Maybe this is the payoff for scrupulously avoiding non-fiction throughout my childhood? Anyway, review to come.
A purposeful library grab, this read was also well worth it. I may also have cried because I will never write with Karen Russell's innovation and grace. A stuttering mouth becomes a "stubborn syllable engine." Oh perfection! I will be grokking this one for some time to come.
It's an ARC from LibraryThing, coming out in September. I'm liking it so far, it does an excellent job of immersing the reader in Talmud era Persia-although there is a lot of misogyny about the period to dislike.