i really, really liked this book. the writing is fantastic, quite beautiful ( - almost flawless). the story - parts of it were wonderful and parts of it i wasn't so interested in. while it was the writing that carried this book and made me want to never put it down and also for it to never end, i also loved the themes of discovering your past, women strength, motherhood, female relationships. i'm a little uncomfortable liking a book this much that is written by a white woman mostly about black women, but i do. (i wonder not just how it would be written differently by a black woman, but if the experiences of the black women that she writes about are more from a white perspective and not reflective of black experience at all. and as a white person i can't know if she does it justice or not.)"'...You've got to hear of these things before you can imagine them.''Bullshit. You gotta imagine what's never been.'"