All around a decent book that took far to long to read. It's half really different love story half New York immigrant expose'. Hans, the Dutchman who the story centers around is easy to care about, when people hurt him, you feel hurt, but that doesn't mean you don't start kicking yourself when you see him do stupid things. What I found the most interesting was this view of events, like 9/11 and the 2003 blackout from someone the city, who felt the need to defend it even though it wasn't really his. It's hard to tell if the main story here is Hans trying, giving up and then going full force into his marriage, or if it's about Cricket, or if it's about Hans and Chuck. Highly recommend it.