A story about a girl whose family suffers just about every hardship imaginable: unemployment, miscarriage, injury, affairs, jail time, threat of divorce, alcoholism, eviction, gambling, depression, attempted suicide, violence, murder, and the list goes on.
While initially drawn into the story, I was thoroughly disappointed with the lack of resolution with anything. Injuries weren't healing, violence just kept escalating. Everyone just gave up trying to help themselves. The one positive character in the story couldn't even influence anyone.
I guess I'm too much of an optimist, but this book left me feeling like the glass wasn't half-full...it was empty.