Speaking of Amazon, if there are any of you out there who have read the book and have nice things to say about it, please please please do write an Amazon review. My agent is convinced that there's someone out there with a grudge against me because it seems like every time someone posts a nice review, it's immediately followed by a one-star slam. He thinks it's the same person every time, with different logins. I'm not as sure of it as he is (in part because I don't actually know of any enemies out there), but it sure would be nice to see those one-star reviews scroll way far down to the bottom of the page, under a heap of positive reviews.
I've been trying to figure out what makes a helpful Amazon review, the kind that readers will rate as useful. I think specifics about what you liked or didn't like about the book (i.e., the language, or the descriptions of food, or particular stories or characters) probably help a lot. No one's expecting critical insight in Amazon reviews, or fancy prose -- just plain-speaking is plenty, I think.
Though I admit, every once in a while a reviewer there will say something lovely. "Each generalization, just as it is about to be reified, is undone by individuality. " I think that's my favorite Amazon comment on the book so far.