The Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon. It's good review, but ...
It's interesting (in light of the discussion about teen-slang, and the temporary life of slang, that Maslin offers "But this book is best remembered for flashes of startling beauty ... "
One bit of beauty is the phrase "ugly enough to scare a hound dog off a gut wagon."
If you're country folk, or have country folk ancestry, Maslin's idea that this rural aphorism is an original phrase will provoke a snicker.
Still, it's a much fairer -- more focused -- review than her author personality oriented one of Hillenbrand's latest, and it's one Maslin review that has me hankerin' to read the book but I reckon it'll be scarce as hen's teeth on library's bookshelf for a tad bit.