Not a novel, but a novella. It concerns a monk happens to see the collapse of a bridge and subsequent deaths of five people. He wonders why these people and what part of God's plan it was to choose these five. The book then goes on to examine three of those lives in detail.
The book is well written and is written from on high. We see the main characters in a very detached way that reminded me a little of Garcia Marquez (although, perhaps that was just the Latin american setting). The book is very much ahead of its time and feels like a much more contemporary novel. It has interesting observations and ideas and refuses to answer its own central question of whether there was anything meaningful about the characters deaths or whether it is a coincidence.
All of that is very good, but in the end the book did not make my heart go pitter-pat. I suspect that I will simply forget the details of the book. It is good, but not really memorable.