By Blood - Ellen Ullman This book got a lot of good reviews but I'm afraid I just didn't like it at all. I found the narrative device to be way too contrived. I found the narrator to be so creepy as to be repulsive to me. Each of the main characters was filled with so much self-loathing that I could not muster up any degree of concern for them. But, I did read the whole thing, so something about it was compelling. It's just that when I finished I was left feeling like I had wasted my time.