I'm on page 63.....if it wasn't for wanting to contribute to the discussion I may have given up.
The last book I read was about a female Sheriff in Arizona, its not a landscape I'm familiar with but the writer descibed the surroundings without labouring the point very well - with this there are some places which I think have very sparse description, maybe that is all part of the style and atmosphere of deprivation... in contrast the people seem to be much better painted.......
Hated the bit about the puppy !!!!