I read American Pastoral about 3 months ago and haven't stopped thinking about it since. It's not just that the characters are so real and so tragic and the story so gripping, but it's the way the story is told. Everything comes across so informally. The narrator can hardly believe what has happened to his life. It feels like he's always skirting around looking his situation in the face. Something about that style of storytelling has made the entire novel stick with me, I'll catch myself looking at life sideways and bam. There's Roth again waving his American Pastoral in my face.