Phoebe was talking about a truncated version of It’s a Wonderful Life when she said, “It’s a sucky life and just when you think it can’t suck any more it does.” But she might as well have been talking about The Lowland.
Basically, this is a book about a family, every member of which has a terrible life, either because they are horrible people, or because life sucks sometimes a lot. The one even remotely redeeming character finally finds a bit of happiness when he’s like 70 years old, so apparently that’s supposed to make readers happy even though we know he’s going to die soon and he spent almost his entire life being miserable.
It’s like, okay, I don’t care about any of these people because their characters have been written with zero depth to them, but I still don’t want to read about people suffering. I don’t want to trudge through over 300 pages of bad things happening to them. I don’t want to know that just when you think something might finally be getting a little better, it’s actually just going to get worse. I don’t want to try to console myself by thinking, hey, at least if you never get married or have kids you won’t have to risk experiencing such giant disappointment.
I guess what I’m saying is, don’t read this book if you are a single woman approaching 30.