This starts out as a woman dealing with her life as "the other woman" but changes into a rememberance of her childhood when her long absent sister appears and then takes another turn when her sister's motivation finally becomes known.
The story shows how the investigation of a death by many different people/methods/degrees of effort and ability can result in highly varying results. The many characters, story lines and political history may become tedious but it is worth the effort for the unexpected sly humor and writing skill.
This novel, based on fact, details the lives of decendants of pre-Civil War slaves. Family pictures and copies of documents are a wonderful addition. Ms. Tademy has written an amazing family history that should be required reading.
One of the best books I've read this year. The story, two young men on a week's quest at the end of the German onslaught on Russia, seems deceptively simple, but this author makes it so much richer. St. Petersburg, the Germans, Russians, the horror of war, the arts, unexpected friendships and love ... it's all there and so well written that I was, too. I want to read more by Benioff and more about this time period, two measures of an excellent book.
I really enjoyed this book, the characters were very real to me and the setting was described well enough to almost become a character itself. The emotional conflicts between family members were developed and presented exceptionally well. I highly recommend this book.