This was a good, well-paced story, with some interesting characters. As an ex-pat with a life I never imagined (I don't mean that necessarily in a positive way) and a lot of 'ifs,' it was interesting to me how the main character made peace with his life, which was as much about choices as about fate. At some points the telling was a bit slow, but there was a stretch of 10-12 pages in the run-up to the end that were sublime.
Funny enough, I read this this week while the Frankfurt book fair was on, and actually ran into Richard Ford at the fair (handsome!) two days before I finished.