This was a weird review to write for a few reasons. First, Piazza based his characters on some pretty recognizable folks, one of whom I know and several of whom are pretty recognizable. (Tom himself I've met exactly once, many years ago.) Second: I was reading the book while evacuated for Hurricane Gustav, in the same city where several of the characters evacuated during Hurricane Katrina...on the third anniversary of Katrina. Not an experience I want to repeat again in any respect.
Anyway, it's a pretty good novel. I just wouldn't recommend reading it when you're evacuated from a hurricane.