I received this as an Advance Reader Copy (releasing November 15th 2016 in the U.S.) from a Goodreads giveaway so take all my opinions and observations with a larger grain of salt than usual.
What does family mean to you? Does it mean related by blood? Related at all? Does family mean more than just people- what about homes, animals, friends, or places? How can one word mean so much? This novel tells the stories of Vera and Anne. Vera has always been a refugee. She feels out of place, but clings to the home and family she comes to know. Anne finds herself adrift with her son with nowhere else to go. Together these women discover what it truly means to be a family.
This is a great novel. It is subtle, emotional, and beautiful. It is a family saga/drama with some big nods to historical events. The characters are all lively and well written. Weeks after reading this I can still recall their names and personalities. I laughed at their wit and I cheered them on in their endeavors. Even though the plot bounces between past and present it is not confusing. Every chapter reveals a little more about the characters and keeps the pages turning despite this being a rather slow paced read. Though this novel may not be getting a lot of media buzz I feel it is worthy of more attention.