This book, at times, reminded me of Robinson's Housekeeping (and not just because of the flood); its not as strong a novel, but it is as ambitious. Termite's voice doesn't work - she uses him to fill in narrative holes and subverts his voice as a result. There is also a deus ex machina 'twist' at the end that I didn't like - I liked where she was going, just not how she got there. All that said I really enjoyed reading this book (thus the 4 stars) and would happily recommend the book to others, and I will get a print copy (read it in e form) for my shelves.
The final chapter was lovely too.