And I read bits of (gasp, fiction!) Lahiri's "Once in a Lifetime" . . . The second person voice IS cool - I love the second person voice of cookbooks, magazines, poetry, other confrontations - and I would read more fiction if it had more second person. What I find so odd about Lahiri, though, is how consistent her third person narration has been. The narrator always sounds the same; about 30 and talking in the past tense, yet unnaturally familiar with the past as if it was an intimate recollection, more a character and less a narrator . . . And everything always seems to be so completely over and done for the narrator, but just barely completely over and done for the character, or maybe the other way round . . . I'm fascinated by how consistent her tone is, but sometimes it drives me nuts. And now she's transposed that consitently there narrator into the eerie eerie second person. I feel like the combination of the two is really nice and creepy, like it makes that control freak of a narrator character that much more present.