The subtitle, "A Novel in Five Parts," is misleading. This is not a novel by any stretch of anyone's imagination. It's a collection of five longish short stories. Every once in awhile there will be a veiled reference in one story to something in another story, but the connection is nothing bigger than a scintilla. You could say that the stories address some similar themes, but that still doesn't make it a novel. My favorite story was "Anya," the last and longest one. It takes place in America in a time period I can remember, so that probably accounts for my greater appreciation.