How many times have you stood in an airport bookshop and wondered what book to buy to while away the hours ahead?
And how many times have you got half an hour into the flight and realised you've made the wrong choice?
However, for every few literary frogs you kiss there is always at least one charming prince, and Fierce People is one of those.
The book is the story of a poor New Yorker and his single mother who are transported into the rarefied atmosphere of New England society.
The Fierce People of the title are nominally an Amazonian tribe, but the obvious invitation is to compare their behaviour with the ruthless amorality of the American super-rich.
It's a definite page-turner - perfect for the plane or the beach - but a cut above what is often sniffily described as "holiday reading".