This probably is the best book I will have read this year. This also is my first Byatt, and I love it.
This book is dense - so dense I picked up a few other books as I was reading it, just to convince myself I did not become a slow reader overnight. Byatt manages her subplots and first-person narratives exceedingly well; the only subplot that seems to belong elsewhere is nicely incorporated towards the end.
But the BIGGEST THING about it is how psychologically true it feels(the psycho-plot aside, I'm not qualified to assess that). In the book that is strikingly intertextual and metatextual to the point of artificiality (in the best way possible, I had many a guilty giggle on that account), Byatt places her characters in situations we ache to see changed, and then - when no violent incident occurs, no decision taken, and what was to happen, happens - we are compelled to say this feels right and real.
On my way to locate the rest of "The Frederica Quartet".
Click here for my review of the second installment of The Frederica Quartet series - [b:Still Life|91519|Still Life|A.S. Byatt|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348286107s/91519.jpg|1794016]: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1141833113