An interesting read. This book was fraught with symbolism and simile. Overall an enjoyable read, although there is not a definite climax or denouement (and perhaps this was intentional). The parts written from Hideo's perspective are excellent: poignant and complete. The parts written from Helen's perspective, however, are often too simple, matter-of-fact, and abrupt; the style is more appropriate of a child 3-4 years younger than Helen is supposed to be (9).
Queenrandom is a postdoc at Big 10 Research U (BRU) somewhere in the Midwest and does kickass molecular biology cancer research. She is married to a guy who calls himself the Lucky Bastard and together they have raised 2 cats, Max Power and Milo, and a dog, Freki.