rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love this book. I've been meaning to read it for years, but just hadn't, for whatever reason. There are so many themes in this novel that I think it's practically impossible to grasp it all in one reading. The explorations into motherhood were especially interesting to me: the things that motivate a mother and how those things are perceived by their children. Respect (or lack of) for different cultures is also a prominent theme.
Many times I found myself marveling at the beautiful writing. The descriptions of people and places were so exact that I know I would recognize them.
Overall, it was heartbreaking. Heartbreaking in countless ways. Heartbreaking and profound. Heartbreaking and hilarious. Heartbreaking and hopeful.
**Audio book review: Wow. Narrated by Dean Robertson, she skillfully voiced each of the five narrators flawlessly. I could pick up after not listening for a few days and know immediately who was narrating. I especially enjoyed her depiction of Rachel (man oh man). It's nice not to be distracted by trying to read African names or French. And that Southern accent was built right in.
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