The Human Stain was a weird one for me. At times I was sucked in, soaking up every word, and at others I was flipping pages without so much as skimming them. Some of the writing in this book is tedious, and I quickly grew tired of it. I guess it felt sort of formulaic after reading Everyman, and it seemed to try to make too much of itself, or take itself too seriously. Maybe I need to read some of the other Nathan Zuckerman books before I’ll fully appreciate it. 5/10.