by Claire Messud.
Quickie recap: Three 30-something friends see their lives intersect and disconnect as they find out who they are, and who they aren't.
Quickie review: Messud is a good writer. I know this because even the unsavoury characters had a touch of sympathy to them, essential to keeping any story going when narration shifts its focus from one character to another. Even through tragedy and mixed emotion, you can't help but see small glimpses of funny, as if Messud too is rolling her eyes at the very characters she's created.
Quickie recommendation: I thought it was good, not great, but solidly good (I wonder: have authors come to use 9\11 as a crutch?).