The characters are not lovable (this was the same for the previous read) - I found it a drag to read and go on reading what a negative character Pearl was. How her children turned out the way they did is a miracle! Pearl was abandoned by her husband and she did bring up her children single handed, but in the meantime she did not allow anyone to forget that it was a tough haul.
So much of bitterness and cold animosity - this is going to be the last Anne Tyler for me. I know life cannot be all froth and lightness but I do not need this in a book. It depressed me.