The characters in this book felt like real people to me, and I could see just a little of myself in each and every one of them. I loved the consonance between the theme of the book (we all interact and effect each other, but never truly connect or understand each other) and the non-linear chapter sequence, featuring many different protagonists who were all loosely bound by having passed through each other's lives. Sometimes the connection between the protagonists was as intimate as husband and wife. Sometimes characters had merely brushed past each other for a brief time. And in each case their need for each other was painted in stark and beautiful contrast to their impenetrable loneliness.