This is a book club read. It is not a difficult book to read, the characters are well defined, easy to understand and imagine. It is easy to imagine Alice Island, the main street, the Island Bookstore. Ms. Zevin writes excellent descriptions. The problem with this book is that it is too predictable. I read this book and in thinking about it afterwords it suddenly occurred to me that despite all the sadness in this book, I shed no tears, not even close.
I looked up the definition of "storied". In Mirriam-Webster online, "decorated with designs representing scenes from story or history a storied tapestry" It reminded me of the Bayeux Tapestry in France, a 70 metre tapestry that tells the story of the Norman Conquest of England. As you walk along the tapestry that is displayed in a way that you walk around it, what you see along the way is predictable, you know what will happen next.
It is not a boring book that is hard to finish but it is certainly not, for me anyways, a book that I can say "I loved it!" It is not a book I would recommend whole heartily.