Oy, I haven't read TREE OF SMOKE, but I was kind of rooting for THEN WE CAME TO THE END by Joshua Ferris. The same goes for Edwidge Danticat's BROTHER, I'M DYING. I guess it's a good thing I didn't be any money. = )
I haven't read any of them. I do have the Johnson and the Berlinski (MFS kindly sent me a copy), so I was rooting for one of those two.
B R Myers wrote a hilarious review of Tree of Smoke in this month's Atlantic magazine. Not a flattering review. It's here:http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200712/vietnammd
That B.R. Myers. He never likes anything I like.
Let us have a review as soon as you finish Smoke. I'd trust your opinion more than Myers' - though it was an amusing review.md
See my new post here:http://pagesturned.blogspot.com/2007/11/bric-brac.html