I do not usually like novels set in other countries but this book was a great read! I met the author at a bookstore this summer and, on a whim, decided to buy the book. I am glad I did!! The plot is well done and the ending is a surprise. It is does a realistic job of showing how relationships change over time and also how decisions made many years before will affect relationships many years later.
Having known several people personally that has battled cancer, I thought this book might have been written as an inspiration to help others in dealing with a terminal illness. After reading it I felt like it was a very negative book about a daughter that wanted to bash her mom too much and glorify her dad, at any cost to others, including her mom and the siblings. This book might allow others to see the difficult struggles one faces with dealing with a terminal illness and, possibly in light of those stuggles, one might feel compelled to examine the relationships around oneself. Others may find it enlightening but I was not impressed by the story.