Has anyone else read this book? I just finished it for my book club, and I have to say I am baffled. I feel like I understand nothing. I don't understand how this book was published. I don't understand how an editor *edited* it (allegedly). I don't understand how an agent thought it either should be published or was any good. It is written almost entirely in passive voice, it "tells" rather than "shows" throughout, has almost NO plot, and has ZERO character development. I just don't get it -- I don't understand how anyone thought it was good or how it got any critical acclaim or how it became a best-seller. It has some good physical descriptions. But it then repeats those descriptions. Many times. Sometimes by using the exact same phrases. It goes on and on and on for pages about a dress that changes colors. Slightly interesting for a sentence, but for a dozen pages -- with no greater meaning, not so much. Who knew you could get away with writing 400 pages of physical description of a black and white themed circus, fabrics, clothes, and dinner parties, and then intersperse about 100 pages of a very vague semblance of an alleged plot and some brief character introductions?