Martha Johnson's characters were "real" in the sense I felt like I new them, immediately, from the first few pages -- sort of. Just like so many people "in our midst", all is not what it seems -- which is a very good thing.
We learn from each other and we choose to grow together or no. I grew.
I also loved the 'texture' of the book. It was middle America but crossed all geographies. A must-read, for sure.