Oh, I didn't hate Aloft. Far from it -- I was caught up in Chang-rae Lee's prose, and I read it in two days. My problem is that I never know how to discuss books or stories that are not plot-heavy.
Lee's first novel, Native Speaker, while primarily about characters, had great loads of plot and industrial espionage and corrupt New York City politics. I know how to talk about that.
His second novel, A Gesture Life, was a character study, against settings both larger-than-life (WW2 Burma) and not so (suburban New York).
Aloft takes place entirely among the denizens of Long Island, and their lives and relationships and illnesses, and --
And as much as I was immersed in Lee's writing, I don't have the faintest idea what to say about it.