Ann Patchett weaves a wonderful story capturing so much history of her husband, his gay lover and her husband's relationship with his family that she thought was dead. Her characters come alive - even Phan and Parsifal/Guy who are dead. I loved Dot and her mid-western warm attitude.
This story unfolds and captures so much. This is not the same caliber as Bel Canto but, thoroughly readable and enjoyable.