I finally succumbed to see what all the fuss was about with this book. This is a portrait of a Midwestern family, Patty and Walter Berglund, who find each other early: a pretty jock, and a budding lawyer. They make a family and a life together, and, over time, slowly lose track of each other. I had a difficult time of getting in to this story or caring about the characters and just could not see what all the fuss was about. It felt very mundane and did not live up to the hype.