To me, the best thing about the audiobook is that it is read by Rebecca Lowman. There is something about Rebecca Lowman’s voice and style that makes me feel at home in any narrative.
As for the writing, I loved the opening of the book, but after the first chapter or so, there is a long section of info-dumpy exposition. It is well written enough that some people would likely appreciate it, but it took quite a bit of patience for me to wade through it. I kept going mostly because I loved the introduction of the protagonist, Greer.
Greer is a mediocre person who finds her way in the world, mostly working for feminist causes. As a character, I find that she starts out promising and then later falls flat. This is fine because the books best parts are not delivered by Greer. Wolitzer switches perspectives and spends a lot of time developing side characters and these side characters give the story its life.
I found it a comforting read because characters are mostly stereotypes, but in a comforting familiar way. I didn’t find anything too extraordinary or threatening about them. I got the feeling that it would be ok to meet any of them at a café for tea.