Seriousness: Has some lighter/funnier moments, but generally very serious
Difficulty: Not too difficult, depending on how much you can put up with the main character’s imagination
Rating: M – mentions of violence and other nastiness
Up next … Beloved, by Toni Morrison; a novel about slavery recommended by Oprah. I admit to already being a little apprehensive (more from the endorsement than the subject matter). It may have to wait till after Christmas, anyway.