Let me first say that two books that I think are absurdly over-rated are (1) Lolita (2) Catch-22. Listen to me people. The humor in those two books is the same kind of humor you will find in a third-grade class room if all the students were pretentious nerds who studied their encyclopedias all day long instead of going out to play in the neighborhood, AND, if all the third-graders were given positively reinforced with candy each time they used a word that less than .5% of the general population can understand the meaning of. Listen, that's not all of it, of course. It would take a thousand pages for a complete third-grade/lolita/catch-22 metaphor.
Why you shouldn't buy Lolita/catch-22: the authors are dead. Support people who are alive! The dead don't have to pay rent or buy stuffed animals for loved ones, etc.
It vexes my brain why Lolita is praised by just about everyone for it's suppose-ed beautiful, poetic language. It's absurd. If you want beautiful language, buy THIS BOOK. Just read the first couple pages. It's amazing that Lorrie Moore did this without a computer. Each word is perfect, new, FRESH, inventive, beautiful, original, etc. She is about 100x smarter than you.
The language of this book is so good, I don't even care about the plot. When I read it, the pleasure of each individual sentence is overwhelming, and subsequently, I have no more mental compartments to attend to the plot or anything else. So, even if the plot or the characters or whatever all these other reviewers are saying, is not BELIEVABLE or whatever, you should buy this book, and read sentence like it's poetry.
I'm afraid i've failed to express sufficiently what I really think about this.
Here's one last effort. If language were TV, Lolita would be a skit that didn't make it onto SNL. Who Will Run The Frog Hospital would be a really great novel.
By the way, Anagrams is better, in my opinion.