I just finished reading the book and found i,t for the most part, enjoyable. It reminded me a little of a British Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I had a couple of questions I would be interested in hearing peoples ideas about.
1) Firstly, did anyone else feel that Mrs Castaway was William's estranged mother. I know there were multople references to his mother being disgraced and thrown out, and her name suggests a similar story?
2) And secondly, was Faber trying to suggest that Sugar had become Mrs Castaway and Sophie the new Sugar? Thrown out a good home, just a woman and a girl, expected to live for themselves. There were many parts of the story where Sugar's behaviour is influenced by that of her mother.
Like I said, just musings - I would love to hear anyone elses opinion on them