This novel revolves around beautifully drawn, lovable but flawed characters. Its wonderful descriptions and natural-sounding dialogue make it a fluid pleasure to read. The plot meanders--it's a coming-of-age story with some loose ends--but in that way it feels even more true to life. It also tackles serious issues around racism and gender in a sure-footed way. I loved it and sped through it; I think this book will appeal to people who like character-driven novels, as opposed to plot-driven ones.