I read this book when I was about 13, my mum had recieved it as a free gift with something (not sure???)and it was really the first adult novel that I had ever read. I can't remember the names of many of the characters but the story still sticks with me to this day. I liked how the grandmother (first generation) started the story and then it was continued on through her future generations of women. It was so interesting to see the differences in each of their lives but that they also had vast similarities. It was really pretty cool.