I love how it switches back and forth and ultimately ties together 2 families living in the same house 150 years apart.
I consider Kingsolver one of my favorite authors, but oh, did I slog through this one. Told in two different centuries, a format I enjoy, there were pages of really interesting story, an unusual tale. But oh, the pages that droned on and on, searching for a place to go. I actually quit this one just before the end, not wanting to waste another night of my life.
Two interesting stories, set in the same space but 150 years apart in time. We are able to see how much things have changed, and the same time seeing how many things have not changed a bit. Many of the characters are straight out of history, tied together with some glue of Ms. Kingsolver's clever and brilliant imagination. Many issues are touched upon, between contrasting philosophies and generations. Through the interaction of people, events and circumstances, we see bridges built and homes deconstructed to reveal truth in a clearer light. Nice story(ies) :)