I didn’t want to finish this . . . I wanted to finish this, but I was afraid of the creepy guy Charlie was selling his underwear to . . . um, yeah; I know—it’s bad. But, the creepy guy, Tom, isn’t really what this book is about. It’s about Vera: trying to avoid her destiny, trying to change her destiny, figure out how to live with regret, or do something about it.
The writing is excellent. I love the different points of view presenting the story. Vera, main character, is a pizza delivery technician, potential alcoholic and mourning friend. Charlie, Vera’s dead best friend, betrayed her. Ken, Vera’s dad, a self-help king, is an abandoned son and husband trying to do the right thing while raising his daughter. The Pagoda, a red, neon lit building standing watch over the town, provides perspective and commentary.