Do you remember where you were Thanksgiving 2000? I was on the Cape with my family, having driven down from Boston where I was in school. It was gray, and I went for a run. I remember that it was very empty - no summer tourists, so I was actually able to run on a busier road than I normally would have. That's about all I remember.
The Lay of the Land is a very detailed look at the 3 days up to Thanksgiving 2000 in Frank Bascombe's life. He's a 55 year old realtor on the New Jersey shore. He does a lot of things and the novel is a commentary on society at the time, as well as a story of him and his life and kids and stuff. I liked the book a lot - I liked Frank and I was glad to see the outcome at the end. It was detailed and slow, but enjoyable.