My favorite aspect of this book is that it didn't head in the direction I expected it to. It begins with a couple of fairly common tropes (healing mother-child relationships; the younger generations coming to understand their elders), and almost immediately upended them. The result is a novel that is by turns funny and heartbreaking. Grace is such a strong character: she has huge flaws, but also an incredible amount of strength and perseverance. I went into this reading not knowing anything about the book or author (it was a group read), and it ended up being an incredible journey.