In a time when there is so much racial division, this book was a breath of fresh air. A black man, who was married to a black woman the first time, has a black daughter. After the death of his first wife, he marries a white woman and raises her white daughter as his own. When he dies, these three women have to learn to coexist and share a home without destroying one another. How they come to be a true family is both heartbreaking and heartwarming.
I love how none of the characters were perfect, but as you get to know them, they are all quite likeable and the things they do, whether good or bad, make sense. Nothing seems contrived to simply force the story along. Even the ending is believable, not all neatly tied up and perfect.
Family can be who you are related to, either by birth or marriage. It can also be those you choose. Sometimes, if you are lucky, it can be both!