This is a great read that unfolds at just the right pace. The ingenious plot structure makes us privy to voices and thoughts from both sides of the great divide. The characters are drawn with humor and respect, especially Hennessy the clairvoyant. He is the glue between the various plot lines. Does he have paranormal abilities, or is he simply one of those rare people who know our feelings and desires better than we do? The author's fine eye for settings and details, and his ear for dialog and understanding of the human heart enable him to work in broad themes without being bombastic. Life, death, loss, hope, regret- all served up in a compelling story line with characters we feel we've always known.