I loved the voices in this book. They reminded me of my youth, before the television changed all our accents to mush. The people felt real, some sad, some disassociated, but all doing the best they can with what little they have. Hearing the stories from young Sugar was like sitting with my friends at that age. Each with our own point of view experiences and inexperience in the big wide world around us. I enjoyed this family but I wouldnt want to live there. And anyone skipping the essay at the end is missing out on the full story. Well written, interesting people, strange circumstances, quick read, a jolly good story!