Take out the occasional mention of cell phones and the internet, and this novel could have been set at nearly any time in the 20th century. In fact I kept forgetting that it wasn't set in the 1960s. The internal first-person storyline feels reminiscent of Kerouac or Plath. While I found the idea of Sophie's crisis of faith interesting, I didn't enjoy reading about it, but I'm not terribly interested in spirituality anyway- it seems likely this would resonate more with a different reader. Overall, it's a well-crafted novel, and I'll keep an eye out for his next book.