Robert is the calm, innocent center of this story as more sinister and beautiful elements swirl around him. Often I want a book to rest on great characters, and this one doesn't, but I loved it anyway. Instead, it rested on creating a world both real and unbelievable, with good and bad emulsified by rich language. Just a good lay-back-and-read-it book.
I got a free copy of this from First to Read.