After reading this book, I can summarize my feelings on it with one sentence about the skill of the author:
Eli Godbolt knows how to describe.
The reason this skill is so important and integral to this book about small town life is that he takes the world he sees in his head and delivers it to the reader masterfully. Enthralling characters. Real emotion. If you cannot identify with the small town aspect of the book, you will identify with the nostalgic ambiance and sense of personal history even if your stories are much different from the ones described. Do yourself a favor and read this book.