I'm enjoying this.
One thing about Michener's style that especially impresses me is that each chapter in most of his books read like a separate novella. Centennial reads so far like eleven novellas within an epic novel.
Some how the characters overlap, but mostly within generations. He also references specific events and narratives from previous novellas, such as how the beaver dam (loved that part) showed up in the chapter on the devious, thieving Wendells.
Finally finished this one. Just as when I conquered Hawaii I feel like he fast-forwards generations and assumes we can all easily reference all of the great-grandfather's character traits.
Not so much on his "weaker sex" references, nor those of the "lazy and gentle Mexican." I'm glad I read this, though, and feel much more acquainted with the history of my home state.