(Froma a customer review at amazon.com) Edna Ferber, a best selling author of her time, has written an ageless book depicting four generations of a Seattle frontier family. This is a novel that is rich with fascinating characters and vividly describes a slice of multi-generational American life in the northwest. The book begins when Seattle was first settled, and carries the reader through time to the Alaskan gold rush, ending at the time of World War II. She paints a well drawn picture of time and place, and follows the family as it grows wealthy yet ill at ease with itself. Ms. Ferber takes the reader on a journey to beautifully interesting times and places. Her characters are fully drawn and set against a vast landscape. The pages fly.