Worth the time it took to read. Brick Lane is not a difficult read, but if you take the time to read and soak in the descriptions to really get the flavor of the culture, which to many people will probably be unfamiliar, it does slow you down. The story line is interesting as you follow the married life of a Bangladeshi woman living in London. We meet her at the start of an arranged marriage to a decent, if unexciting, man. She is a product of her culture. As she has children, meets new people, and lives in a western culture, she slowly begins to discover what makes herself tick. It may be a standard plot line but, if like me, you were curious about that culture, then it is definitely worth it. I really enjoyed it.