my take: i loved this! a great cast of characters, great plot, great depiction of the 1930's, great fun with literary allusions, and great use of photography motif and actual photographs between the four seasons.
the author is male and created a very strong and convincing female main character... i loved her voice and her ideas. the novel also has a strong structure - a bit of reading on amortowles.com reveals a great interview with the author for bits about the how and why. great site.
we had a good discussion at book chicks for those who braved the blizzard. we recommend. to anybody. everybody.
my source: book chicks 2013 list
my verdict: excellent!