Utterly engrossing

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I found this book absolutely riveting. In the beginning, I struggled a bit to understand what was happening with the main character. But once things got going, I could barely put the book down. The slight touch of magical realism in the matriarchal lineage of our narrator's family only enhanced the story. What would happen to each of the girls? How would this story turn out?

If I had any criticisms of the book, it was the author's frequent referencing of food as a coping mechanism. But this isn't too surprising seeing the title of her debut novel. Makes me more curious about her as a person. But I look forward to the days when books don't make me think about food the entire time.

The characters were incredibly well developed - you wouldn't think there could be seven completely individual women in one story together, and yet the sisters were all so different that they were never confusing.