Germaine asked:

Has anyone read this?... I'm really trying to stick with it.

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Marsha Stick with it. You will not be disappointed. You get a sense of the main character and her life choices through the eyes and lives of her children as they mature through different periods in history, Mathis storytelling makes the reader feel as if he/she is in that moment in history-- the language of the era (say the 1940s), the politics and socioeconomic status of blacks. You also understand how children, raised under the same roof, can be so different. I enjoyed it!
Teri North I wish I would have quit reading it, but I was reading it for ladies church book club. Yes, there are different characters and all portrayed quite well. Doesn't change the fact that every single one of them is incredibly depressing. Couldn't find an ounce of joy or redemption in this book. Certainly no "take aways" from the book when you are finished. I couldn't find it anyway. Book Club will be an interesting meeting this month, though! I can say that will be at least some kind of an outcome. LOL!
Suzanne Stick with it. Each chapter represents a different family member and they are all so different. The author makes them come alive in dialogue and description. A good example of the differences within families.
Vernita Naylor It was sort of difficult. It reminds me of Beloved. Books and stories like this makes it hard to read and/or digest but the author, Toni Morrison for example thought process is different because the story is told in an earlier century.

In this case maybe you can also skim through various chapters to see if it is your taste as well. That helps me a lot also. This why a great synopsis of the book either inside of the jacket cover or on back is important because you can get an idea of what you are getting yourself into.
Lydia I just started this book. It is difficult book to get into. My suggestions is to read past the point where you want to quite. Mathis writes some what like Toin Morrison, you have read almost to middle of the book to understand what is going on. Good Luck
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