I loved this book. I couldn't put it down and even wrote song lyrics about it after the fact. I think that Goodman's work fell off a little after this one (her first), but that doesn't diminish the power of this one. Can we really escape our past? How much does place affect who we are as people? What is the nature of the parent-child relationship? How important are friends? Can we bleed together? All of these questions and more are explored in this book. The lake is as deep as you want to make it - a quick "day or two" read or a month-long analysis. Either way, you'll enjoy it.