I have mixed feelings for this book. Colum McCann is a wonderful writer. His way with words is one of the best I've read. He's a good story teller. He's got strong characters and I cared about them. The story itself was depressing. It covers the story of 4 women in a family beginning in the 1860's ending in the present time taking place in Ireland, United States, Canada, and ending in Ireland. Their lives were hard. Had I not been at work when I finished reading this I would have been in tears. I could identify with these women and the hardships they endured. This is worth reading but emotionally difficult.