This is a book I am pretty sure I read too quickly. This happens a lot, when I am impressed with concise writing. This is also a book that could have been a silly exercise in the domino effect, but it is so much more than that. There are characters spanning the decades from 1940 in Europe to contemporary Los Angeles: a disfigured man, a French schoolboy, an american airman, a janitor/caretaker in a retirement home and a blind woman in New York state.
Each reacts to the events of their life a way that the next person's life is profoundly affected. The writing it so sparse that it is almost what is left unsaid or unwritten that strikes the reader. It brings to mind the concept of six degrees of separation, it almost defines that concept. I would highly recommend it.