Acquired via BookCrossing 04 Apr 2009 – at the Shrewsbury meetup, although brought along by Ali!

This was a book I’d been flirting with reading for a while, as I loved Brick Lane, but I was never sure about it.  I’m still not, really.  Interlinked short stories set around a Portuguese village, some of the characters were interesting and beautifully drawn, others a little predictable, maybe.  Quite a few icky moments but I was OK with them.  I don’t really think this was up to the standard of Brick Lane, although some of the descriptions and what she notices were very well done.  I think I liked the story of Teresa the best, and wasn’t that interested in the hippy family.  Oh well, I’ve read it now so can stop wondering!