Anna Scott Graham has an amazing ability to create characters that get under your skin. It happened for me with Marthe and Kell in The War on Emily Dickinson, and it happened again with Alvin and Jenny; I keep dreaming about these characters!
The focus is on everyday life and "regular" people, but Scott Graham has an amazing way with uncovering the pain and secret histories present in every family. It's not lurid, though: she approaches these characters with sensitivity and humanity.
This is the first in a trilogy and I'm anxious for the release of The Thorn and the Rose.
(review of free book)