This is an excellent read. Even at over 500 pages I felt like I flew through it. The characters were so well developed. Every one of them had an interesting story. Some moments in the book were a little humorous, others almost brought me to tears. Jaffe did an excellent job of bringing characters from the early 1900's through to the 1980's and included all of the things that the different periods were known for. It was a story about a family just like everyone has. Outcasts and black sheep all the way to the family member everyone loves and confides in. It was hard to put down.