Well written, thought provoking but often dark and depressing. I found myself wanting to scream at the characters 'Just talk to each other for goodness sake!'
This was a long steady plod thru a story about a handful of people settling the West. No character held a spark of fire within, in my opinion, although each was determined to make their stark life work. They were quiet and non-communicative although they shared their thoughts with the reader, just not each other. This was something I found a bit frustrating as I just wanted someone to come alive more. It was difficult for me to believe that within this small makeshift family with so little exchange from outside their group that they would be so confined within. The narrator was good but also plodded, tho that speed completely suited the flow of the story. This book is without a message or even much of a plot. There is a rhythm within the seasons for fruit harvesting and it is not at a swift pace. The author uses words well and appreciates describing the world about which she writes. In an unusual way I enjoyed it.
this was the worst story I've ever heard. the story was bad, the characters were boring, half of the time I couldn't follow what was happening. waste of time.
This story went too slow for me. What I got out of it was that all in all you live day to day. The same routine from season to season with maybe some diversions but what does it matter in the end. The narration saved this book. It was just not for me.
This maybe one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. The story is realistic the language is carefully crafted.
A story of unexpressed but faithful love.
The performance is unparalleled and well matched to the story and language.
In a word: magnificent.