It is true that everyone in this book is kind of awful. But they are awful in interesting and entertaining ways. This book is described as a "Tragedy of Manners" and this description really fits. It is written in the style of traditional comedy of manners novels, satirizing the upper class and their ways. And while there is much (very dark) humour and wry commentary on the wealthy mother and son who are the main protagonists, the tragedy of their lives permeates, as well. I can see how some might not like this novel, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and by the end, even cared about the awful people in it - a testimony, I think to DeWitt's writing.