I found this book to start out slow. In fact at one point, I debated about even finishing it! But I am very glad I did. It is a very dark book about how the poor really live and how they think. Once I got into the book I had a hard time putting it down. I will certainly watch for more books from Chris Tusa.
I loved this book! The character was great - if not a bit of a pushover with her family. I felt the book dealt with the reality of women in the workplace in that era. The issues with channeling (see comments below) were not an issue for me. Just part of the story, I didn't need to agree, just read!