Oh Connie Willis, you delight and disappoint me so. I love love love "To Say Nothing of the Dog" and "Doomsday Book" but I find myself less than impressed by some of her other work, ESPECIALLY "Passage." I loved her focus on the Civil War in this book. It reminded me of how much I used to like reading about the Civil War and her words describe perfectly how deeply traumatic it was for our nation. However, I found the actual plot of this book to be unwieldy and unsatisfying. I think I should perhaps stick with just her more conventional time travel books from here on out. However, it wasn't a total loss-I didn't feel the colossal sense of disappointment I had when I finished "Passage" and the fact that I got this and then traded it to someone out within two weeks on swaptree suggests there is still significant demand to read this novel.