I finished reading about the good people of Holt, the fictionalized western Kansas town, that is the setting of Benediction. A quiet story that was mostly very good. But some of the characters felt wooden. The preacher in particular was pure caricature. Annoyingly so. I felt like I was being schooled at times. Not complex enough for me to be head-over-heels I'm afraid, but still worthy of a read.
I like to feel overcome by a story. For certain lines to feel so urgent, so alive, I have to stop and write them down. And keep close. I didn't feel that way even once during Benediction, even though there were some outstanding scenes. Your mileage may vary.
Sink your teeth into anything good lately?