When I read Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone, I had a really hard time believing that Wally was a man, as he'd really nailed down the woman's perspective. I'd be very curious to know if men felt the same way about Jane Hamilton's writing of Henry. It seemed so genuinely male to me!!
As for the story, there was a similar crisis in my life when I was Henry's age. His musings, courtesy of Ms. Hamilton were eerily close to what my mind spun when I was alone with my own conscience. Dealing with the discovery of parental flaws, perhaps more like deep gaping wounds, is hard for any child to deal with. I loved how Henry reasons, bargains, hates, loves, lashes out and just basically deals with being alone with this monumental secret. I was reminded a bit of Holden Caulfield.
This story is ultimately a tale of a family and all its quirks and flaws and how it manages to survive in spite of everything. A great story!