The back-and-forth this book put me through regarding what I liked and didn't like had me struggling to stay invested long enough to finish it and consequently has me struggling to sum up how I feel about it, so here are the pros and cons, do with them what you will.
Continued in comments.
-imaginative world-building aka what-the-fuckery
-Tender, sensitive moments between main character and loved ones, or remembering loved ones, occasionally made me cry
-palpable love for a place shown by author's descriptions of San Francisco neighborhoods and buildings
-reverence shown for hospice workers
-humourous banter among ridiculous happenings
-the skillful tying together of so many loose ends in that last 60 pages
What I didn't like (and cannot tell whether it is ignorance/callousness or purposeful provocation for shock value):
-leaning heavily into shallow racial stereotypes
-obsession with THOROUGHLY DEBUNKED alpha/beta male dynamic
-sacrifice of on page character development for pacing
-unnecessarily crude simile/metaphors
Currently on the fence about whether I will try reading from this author again. 4mo