I went out on a limb the other day and said, on the basis of one chapter, that Niall Williams's History of the Rain looked like being a special book. Well, I've read the whole of it now, and it is just that.
I'll write a proper post when I've gathered my thoughts, but by way of a place-holder, let me say that it took me from laughter to tears, and I could not put it down.
Look out for it when it's published on 10th. April - it is the perfect booklover's book and a lot more besides. Quite wonderful!