Freeman also writes that there are "annoying flash-forwards when I want to get to the real story." *sigh* There are two complete narratives in TDS, a present one (Audrey writing her story in Paris) and a past one (Piros), and they are equally important, equally "the real story." I believe this is obvious. Moreover, there are no "flash-fowards" at all, as the present of the book is contemplating the past of the book and not the other way round.
Anyway, there are copies of TDS now available in our eBay auctions. But beware: quasi-literate Amazon.com "reviewers" might be happier with something else, say a nice Stargate: SG-1 novelization?